‘Wonky’ Shoppers feel sick at the bridge of Bristol. ‘pass out’

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Over the past few weeks, thousands of people went bargain hunting in January sales. But some got more than they bargained.

People have resisted going out because of fears about the coronavirus, crowd mixing, and other restrictions.

However, not everyone who went out has had a positive experience at Cabot Circus in Bristol.

The structure connects the parking lot and the shopping center. It is known as the ‘wonky’Many Bristolians have suffered from vertigo after crossing bridge.

One resident claimed that the footbridge alters their balance when they cross the bridge.



One blogger set up a Facebook group called 'The wonky bridge in Cabot Circus makes me feel dizzy and sick' which has 229 members
One blogger created a Facebook group called “The wonky bridge at Cabot Circus makes it feel dizzy and sick” which now has 229 members

According to Bristol Live Kim Cleave (Stapleton resident) posted on a Facebook Group asking if anyone else had seen this strange effect.

The post was: “Has anyone else had any problems with their balance/vertigo, walking across the pedestrian bridge, from the car park, at Cabot Circus, to the shopping area, in Bristol?

“I experienced extreme vertigo when trying to walk on the bridge. It was horrible to see the walls and floor on the sloping side.”

Dozens of people commented in agreement, reporting they had experienced similar symptoms when crossing the bridge.

Sue Brown said: “I walked along with my sister and friend. I thought they were being silly, but I really thought I was going crazy. It was the worst experience of all.

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Penny Neale was also mentioned: “It was a horrible sensation and I will never walk over it again.”

Karina said: “It makes me feel really sick. I can only use it if I can hold onto one of my family’s arm otherwise it makes me dizzy and I nearly fall over. I’m really not a dramatic person normally.”

Rebecca Reynolds also said: “Makes me feel sick and off-balance every time when walking on it – If I do go in it I have to walk dead centre and quickly to get to the other side.”

The footbridge has been subject to negative criticisms before. Mary Jenkins, a Bristol Post reader in 2012, wrote us to express her opinions about the design. “Every time I cross it, it has a weird effect and makes me dizzy – to the point that I now avoid this route.

“It might have looked good on an architect’s drawing board, but it’s not too nice in reality – and needs to be avoided by anyone prone to dizzy spells or vertigo.”

Bristol blogger Steve Crowley, who set up a group called ‘The wonky bridge in Cabot Circus makes me feel dizzy and sick’ wrote a letter t the centre voicing his concerns.

In response to a letter from Mr Crowley about the bridge’s dizzying effects, a spokesperson for Cabot Circus said: “The Cabot Circus Car Parking Link Bridge has been approved to meet all requirements. It has also won many awards for its design merit and efficiency.

“The feedback to date has been positive from a design and practical point of view so we do not intend on making any changes for the foreseeable future.”

The footbridge, designed by Wilkinson Eyre architects and structural engineering firm David Dexter Associates was built to allow high-level access across Temple Way between the multi-storey Cabot Circus shopping centre and the multistorey car park.