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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.

See also the following documents:


Update: Gipsy Patch Lane piling work update - 6th November 2019

Piling work

We are writing to you regarding the piling work that has started on Gipsy Patch Lane in preparation for construction of the Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension (CPME).

Piling work, which is needed to construct the foundations for the new railway bridge, is the process of driving a foundation into the ground to give extra support to the structure on top. The piling is noisy, however, Network Rail and their contractors Alun Griffiths are working to minimise the disturbance and have put in place a number of noise mitigation measures such as sound barriers around the piling equipment and working at daytime wherever possible.

The piling will be carried out over a period of approximately three months. The majority of the piling will take place during the daytime between the hours of 7.30am and 6pm, Monday to Friday. It is not expected that piling will be carried out every day during this time.

Due to the sensitive nature of the work carried out by businesses close to the railway bridge some of the piling will have to be done overnight or during weekends. Overnight work is expected to start from Wednesday 20 November. There will be up to 18 nights of piling work from this date but this will not run consecutively and will be carried out in phases.

The first phase of overnight work is due to take place for three nights from Wednesday 20 November to Friday 22 November, between 6pm and 3am, and on Monday 25 November, between 6pm and 3am.

We will publicise the dates of future overnight work on the CPME website and via social media.

If weekend work is required this will only take place on Saturday mornings between 8am and 1pm.

These dates are subject to change. Noise and vibration will be monitored throughout the work and we will make adjustments if necessary. We will keep you updated throughout the piling work and notify you of any changes to the planned work.

Please be aware there are currently no plans to carry out piling work on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Eve or New Year's Day.

Traffic management

Gipsy Patch Lane will remain open during the piling work.

To enable the work 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

If you have an enquiry regarding the piling work please call the Network Rail 24-hour helpline number on 03457 11 41 41.

Further information about the CPME project is available on our website at www.southglos.gov.uk/CPmetrobus.

We do understand the works will cause considerable disruption and we sincerely apologise for this.

With regards, The CPME Project Team

Update: Gipsy Patch Lane Traffic Management - 11th October 2019

This is to inform you that three-way temporary traffic lights will be put in place on Gipsy Patch Lane next week (from Monday 14 October).

The lights will need to be positioned at the railway bridge and will include the junction with Station Road.

The temporary lights are needed by Wales and West Utilities whilst diversionary work is carried out on the gas main in preparation for the replacement railway bridge next year. The work is expected to take up to two weeks and the lights will be in operation around the clock.

It was hoped that this work could be completed without the need for traffic lights but for the safety of all road users this is no longer the case. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your continued patience.

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

We will continue to keep local residents, businesses and commuters up to date on the project. For further information about CPME, visit www.southglos.gov.uk/cpmetrobus.

You can also keep up to date on the project via our Facebook page. For users of the social media site the page is available to view at www.facebook.com/sgloscpme

Update: Gipsy Patch Lane railway bridge and piling work - 30th September 2019

Gipsy Patch Lane railway bridge

Work is now well underway around the railway bridge in preparation for its replacement next year and we would like to thank you for your patience.

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.

Preparation work being carried out includes:

  • 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 to make room for the new, wider bridge.
  • Preparation for foundation works at the four corners of the new bridge.

Piling work

As part of the preparation work for the new railway bridge piling is needed to construct its foundations. Piling is the process of driving a foundation into the ground to give extra support to the structure on top.

The new railway bridge on Gipsy Patch Lane will weigh approximately 4,500 tonnes with pile foundations to a depth of 25 metres. These are the most appropriate type of support for such a significant structure when considering the ground conditions in the area and that the bridge needs to remain fit for purpose for up to 125 years. Piling is required at the four corners of the new railway bridge.

This project will use two types of piling techniques. Both of these are noisy, however we will work to minimise the disturbance and will put in place a number of noise mitigation measures such as sound barriers around the piling equipment and working at daytime wherever possible.

The piling work is due to start the week commencing Monday 14 October and will be carried out over a period of approximately three months. The majority of the piling will take place during the daytime between the hours of 7.30am and 6pm, Monday to Friday. It is not expected that piling will be carried out every day during this time.

Due to the sensitive nature of the work carried out by businesses close to the railway bridge some of the piling will have to be done overnight or during weekends. It is expected that overnight work will be required from mid-October to early-December for approximately 18 nights, on the non-residential side of the bridge only. Overnight work will be carried out between the hours of 6pm and 3am. We will provide more information about the overnight work closer to the start date.

If weekend work is required this will only take place on Saturday mornings between 8am and 1pm.

These dates are subject to change. Noise and vibration will be monitored throughout the work and we will make adjustments if necessary. We will keep you updated throughout the piling work and notify you of any changes to the planned work.

Drop-in

We will be hosting a drop-in session at Little Stoke Primary School, Little Stoke Lane, Little Stoke, on Tuesday 8 October between 4pm and 7pm, for people who have any questions regarding the piling work. At the event members of the project team, including representatives from Network Rail and Alun Griffiths Contractors, will be available to speak to.

Alternatively, if you have any questions please email the team at CPmetrobus@southglos.gov.uk

Traffic management

Gipsy Patch Lane will remain open during the piling work.

To enable the work 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 piling, the wider preparation works and the 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.

Update: Gipsy Patch Lane Traffic Management - 13th September 2019

The three-way temporary traffic lights at the railway bridge on Gipsy Patch Lane are to remain in place for at least a further week. Contractors are currently installing crossings on Gipsy Patch Lane as part of preparation works for the bridge replacement next year. The extension to the temporary lights is needed to enable additional work to lower a utility cable.

Safety is paramount and given the limited space around the railway bridge the temporary lights help protect workers and members of the public whilst this work is completed.

This additional work will not affect the project's timetable.

The temporary lights will only operate Monday to Friday during off-peak hours and pedestrians and cyclists will continue to be able to pass under the railway bridge. Cyclists may be asked to dismount.

Once this work is completed the temporary traffic lights will be replaced with automated Stop/Go boards on Gipsy Patch Lane. These will only be used as needed 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.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your continued patience. We will continue to keep local residents, businesses and commuters up to date on the project.

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

For further information about CPME, visit www.southglos.gov.uk/cpmetrobus

You can now keep up to date on the project via our new Facebook page. For users of the social media site the page is available to view at www.facebook.com/sgloscpme

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