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Cribbs Patchway Metrobus Extension - Gipsy Patch Lane works

Three metrobus routes are in operation in the West of England area providing faster, more frequent and more reliable services with direct routes to key destinations.

South Gloucestershire Council is developing the Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension. It is called an 'extension' because it will extend part of the existing metrobus network that is already operating.

The Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension will help reduce an expected increase in traffic levels as a result of new houses and businesses built in the Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood on the former Filton Airfield. The scheme will further improve the public transport network by providing an alternative, fast and direct bus route between Parkway Station and The Mall.

By offering faster, reliable bus travel on modern, environmentally-friendly vehicles with USB sockets and free Wi-Fi, we aim to increase the number of people travelling on public transport and reduce the amount of traffic on the local road network.

Please visit the South Gloucestershire Council website for further information.

Update: Gipsy Patch Lane railway bridge - August 2019

Roadworks have been taking place on Gipsy Patch Lane in preparation for construction of the Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension (CPME) and we would like to thank you for your patience so far.

The CPME is a £57million investment to reduce congestion and improve journey times for all road users in your area by providing a new quick, reliable public transport system and a realistic alternative to traveling by car.

As part of CPME, planned works on Gipsy Patch Lane include the replacement of the existing railway bridge with a wider bridge, which will provide room for new bus lanes in each direction and shared use cycle and pedestrian pathways, as well as general traffic lanes. South Gloucestershire Council, Network Rail and Alun Griffiths Contractors are working together to deliver the new bridge.

The current bridge creates a traffic bottleneck causing queues on Gipsy Patch Lane. The new bridge will relieve this pinch point, allowing for reliable bus journey times, as well as providing improvements for pedestrians, cyclists and private vehicles.

The construction work will involve traffic management on the road, including an approximate eight month closure of Gipsy Patch Lane at the railway bridge from early 2020 to enable the replacement of the railway bridge and the associated road works.

Initial railway bridge construction preparation works

From next month (September) preparation works will continue for the bridge replacement. This will include the following:

  • Continuing work on establishing a construction site in the Horizon 38 Business Park next to the railway bridge. This is where the new bridge will be constructed before it is moved into positon during Easter 2020. The construction site will also be used for offices, equipment storage and parking for workers involved with the project.
  • Further clearance of trees and shrubs will take place around the existing bridge, including the removal of the large trees outside Pegasus Park. The pill box will also be dismantled and removed.
  • Preparation for foundation works at the four corners of the new bridge and the installation of dropped kerbs for temporary crossing points on Gipsy Patch Lane.
  • Piling works will need to be carried out from October to construct the new bridge's foundations. This will be noisy and we will work to minimise the disruption caused. We will write to residents and businesses again with further details before they start.

Traffic management

To assist the preparation works a number of traffic management measures will be in use over the coming months.

From Monday 2nd September temporary three-way traffic lights will be in operation on Gipsy Patch Lane at the railway bridge. These will be in place for up to two weeks.

After this period automated Stop/Go boards will be used as needed on Gipsy Patch Lane. These will only be used when workers and machinery from the construction site need to safely cross Gipsy Patch Lane, their use will be kept to a minimum and as far as possible will be kept to off-peak times.

All shops and businesses on and near Gipsy Patch Lane will be open as normal.

Further information

Further information about the preparation works and the wider CPME project is available on our website at www.southglos.gov.uk/CPmetrobus. You can also sign up for email updates on our website.

We are liaising with the local community and local businesses to minimise the impact of the works, however we do understand the works will cause considerable disruption. We sincerely apologise for this and appreciate any help to notify regular users of Gipsy Patch Lane.

If you have any questions please email the team CPmetrobus@southglos.gov.uk

Update: Outline Site Works Programme August to October 2019

Please download the following PDF document for details of the proposed Gipsy Patch Lane works from August to October 2019.

Outline Site Works Programme Aug 19 > Oct 19 (1.91MB PDF)

Update: Closure of Gipsy Patch Lane in June 2019

Roadworks are currently taking place on Gipsy Patch Lane, Stoke Gifford, in preparation for construction of the Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension which is expected to start later this year. The current work is being undertaken by BT to divert underground utilities and we would like to thank members of the public for their patience and understanding so far.

June 2019 closure

The next phase of BT's preparatory work will require Gipsy Patch Lane to be closed to all vehicles at the railway bridge for approximately four weeks. This closure is due to commence on Monday 3 June 2019. The existing footway under the bridge will be kept open for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists during the June closure.

A signed diversion route (see below) via Bradley Stoke Way and the A38 will be in place during this time. Access to properties and side roads along Gipsy Patch Lane will be maintained and no disruption to the supply of utilities is expected. Businesses and shops along and near Gipsy Patch Lane will be open as normal.

Works are also necessary at the junction with Station Road. We currently anticipate that the junction will remain open, but with temporary traffic lights for a period during June.

Dates of the closure and diversion routes will be clearly signposted.

In addition, site clearance, ground investigations and surveys are being carried out near the bridge during May and June. This includes the removal of vegetation on the railway embankments and will not require any further road closures.

Main Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension construction work

The utilities diversion work, including the June 2019 closure, is in preparation for the Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension (CPME) construction work which will start later in 2019.

Working with Network Rail, the CPME scheme includes replacing the railway bridge over Gipsy Patch Lane with a wider bridge to enable both a general traffic and a bus lane in each direction as well as shared use cycle and pedestrian pathways. The scheme will also include footway widening and new bus lanes along other sections of Gipsy Patch Lane. This will result in significant benefits for all highway users, whether you travel by bus, car, cycle or on foot.

The construction work will include extensive traffic management, including an approximate eight month closure of Gipsy Patch Lane from early 2020 to enable the replacement of the railway bridge.

Further information including detailed maps and a timeline of the works is available on our website at www.southglos.gov.uk/CPmetrobus

We are liaising with the local community and businesses to minimise the impact of the work but we do understand the closure of this busy commuter route will cause considerable disruption. We apologise for this and appreciate any help to notify regular users of Gipsy Patch Lane.

If you have any questions please email the team CPmetrobus@southglos.gov.uk

Yours faithfully
Richard Gillingham
Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension Project Sponsor
South Gloucestershire Council

Diversion route for June 2019 Gipsy Patch Lane closure

Update: Roadworks on Gipsy Patch Lane, Stoke Gifford and public drop-ins

Roadworks are currently taking place on Gipsy Patch Lane in preparation for construction of the Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension which is expected to start later this year. The current work is being undertaken by BT to divert underground utilities and we would like to thank you for your patience and understanding so far.

June 2019 closure

The next phase of BT's preparatory work will require Gipsy Patch Lane to be closed to all highway users, including pedestrians and cyclists, at the railway bridge for approximately four weeks during June.

A signed diversion route will be in place during this time.  Access to properties and side roads along Gipsy Patch Lane will be maintained and no disruption to the supply of utilities is expected. Businesses and shops along and near Gipsy Patch Lane will be open as normal. 

Dates of the full closure and diversion routes will be clearly signposted.

In addition, ground investigations and surveys will be carried out near the bridge during May and June. This will include some devegetation on the railway embankments but will not require any further road closures.

Main Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension

The utilities diversion work, including the June 2019 closure, is in preparation for the Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension (CPME) construction work which will start later in 2019. To help keep you informed and to explain more about these works, we are holding a series of public drop-in events:

  • Wednesday 8 May 5pm to 7pm
    Little Stoke Primary School, Little Stoke, BS34 6HY
  • Monday 13 May 3pm to 6pm
    Patchway Community Centre, Rodway Road, Patchway, BS34 5PF
  • Tuesday 14 May 3pm to 5pm
    Cherry Room, Baileys Court Activity Centre, Baileys Court Road, Bradley Stoke, BS32 8BH
  • Monday 20 May 3.30pm to 6.30pm
    Stoke Gifford Parish Council, Community Hall, Little Stoke Lane, Little Stoke, BS34 6HR
  • Tuesday 21 May 4pm to 7pm
    St Michael's Centre, The Green, Stoke Gifford, BS34 8PD
  • Wednesday 22 May 3pm to 6pm
    BAWA Centre, 589 Southmead Rd, BS34 7RG

Officers will be available to answer your questions and information will also be available about forthcoming CPME works at the San Andreas roundabout at the western end of Hayes Way.  Everyone is welcome to attend, there is no need to book. Please note these are drop-in sessions and you can attend at any time during the session.

Working with Network Rail, the CPME scheme includes replacing the railway bridge over Gipsy Patch Lane with a wider bridge to enable both a general traffic and a bus lane in each direction as well as shared use cycle and pedestrian pathways. The scheme will also include footway widening and new bus lanes along other sections of Gipsy Patch Lane.  This will result in significant benefits for all highway users, whether you travel by bus, car, cycle or on foot.

The construction work will include extensive traffic management, including an approximate eight month closure of Gipsy Patch Lane from early 2020 to enable the replacement of the railway bridge. 


We will publish all information displayed at the drop-in events on our website www.southglos.gov.uk/CPmetrobus

I would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused to you by the roadworks. If you have any questions then please email CPmetrobus@southglos.gov.uk 

Yours faithfully

Richard Gillingham
Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension Project Sponsor
South Gloucestershire Council

South Gloucestershire Council - Gipsy Patch Lane travel survey

We are currently considering options to manage traffic during the main Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension construction work on Gipsy Patch Lane which is due to start later this year. We have published an online travel survey to better understand travel patterns on Gipsy Patch Lane. Please complete the survey if you travel along this road regularly. It should take about five minutes to complete and your input will help us to minimise disruption during the roadworks.

Complete the survey at www.southglos.gov.uk/GPLsurvey

The survey is open until Wednesday 20 March 2019