The Emergency Traffic Order used to close Thornbury High Street has expired and South Gloucestershire Council is now continuing with pedestrianisation through an Experimental Traffic Order. Here we look at what to expect while it is in place.


  • Planters are being installed on the high street to introduce a central pedestrian and cycle zone.
  • In August South Gloucestershire Council are launching a £10,000 marketing campaign to 'help sell Thornbury as a destination'. This will include shop local messages, a video featuring traders and discount codes designed to help drive footfall back to the high street.


  • A consultation is running until January 31, 2021. The council have said they will be getting in touch with local groups to hear their feedback. More details about how you can have your say can be found here .
  • Events making use of the extra space in the high street are now in the planning stages. Expect to see the first of these in a couple of months. A number of ideas have been put forward for how the space could be used. More information is available here .


  • The Experimental Traffic Order that is now in force could potentially be in place for up to 18 months before a decision is made on whether to make changes permanent or not. However, South Gloucestershire Council has the power to make amendments or even reverse the closure during this time.