St James Barton
|St James Barton|
|Location Map ( geo)|
|Ramp to the subway into the Bearpit|
|A38, A4044, B4051|
|Junctions related to the A4044|
|Cabot Circus • Temple Circus|
|Junctions related to the B4051|
|Lower Ashley Road Interchange|
To the east of the roundabout, the A4044 follows Bond Street around the back of the Broadmead shopping centre and on to the new Cabot Circus junction. The A38 also heads south west, as the other arm of the inner ring road, and follows Haymarket around the other side of Broadmead towards the floating harbour, becoming the A4 at College Green, where the missing section of the inner ring road across Queens Square once joined.
The only other road to join the roundabout is the B4051, which climbs up the hill past the Bus Station and Bristol Royal Infirmary, running roughly parallel with the A38 (a spur heads north to terminate on Stokes Croft) before turning west to Clifton and the A4018.
The roundabout is named after the nearby St James church, with Barton simply being a medieval word for 'land retained by the person or body owning it for their own use'1.
Architecture and the Bearpit
Recent works to revitalise the area have seen sculptures and artwork installed, and the creation of a much more pleasant public open space.
Unrealised plansS2 standards. This was omitted from the final design. The only evidence that shows an underpass was planned is the wide central reservation beneath the 5102 building, some of which has since been used to create extra lanes leading to the roundabout.
The Bearpit Improvement Group
- 'Bearpit' subway in Bristol to receive £1m revamp (10.01.2012)
- Bristol 'Bearpit' subway: Views sought for £1m revamp (15.02.2012)
- Bristol 'Bearpit' sculpture marks area's regeneration (10.05.2013)
- Bristol 'Bearpit' improvement work begins (26.01.2014)
- Bristol 'bearpit' roundabout improvement delayed further (25.03.2015)
- 'No-go' fears despite £1.2m Bristol Bearpit revamp (10.11.2015)
- Businesses to quit Bristol's 'hostile' Bearpit (23.01.2018)
- Bristol Bearpit businesses to close over safety fears (20.02.2018)