A consultation on preliminary designs for the Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension (CPME) has been launched by South Gloucestershire Council.
The CPME is an extension of the North Fringe to Hengrove Package MetroBus route which, once complete, will connect to other MetroBus routes which are currently being built, including the South Bristol Link and Ashton Vale to Temple Meads.
The council is proposing that the CPME runs between Bristol Parkway Station and The Mall bus station, via Hatchet Road, Gipsy Patch Lane, through the former Rolls-Royce East Works site, along North Way, under the A38 via the existing underpass at the Combination Ground junction, and through the former Filton Airfield site (earmarked for redevelopment as part of the Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood).
A significant element of the CPME project is the replacement of the existing rail bridge at Gipsy Patch Lane. An SGC committee has already approved development of the replacement bridge, which will have a wider span and greater headroom, and provide one general traffic lane and one bus lane in each direction plus shared use paths for cyclists and pedestrians on both sides of the carriageway. The new bridge will be designed and constructed by Network Rail and is not included in the consultation.
Within the parish of Stoke Gifford, new bus lanes are proposed eastbound along Gipsy Patch Lane, from the railway bridge to the start of the dual carriageway on the approach to the Hatchet Road/Winterbourne Road roundabout, and south from this roundabout as far as the Sandringham Road/Ratcliffe Drive roundabout.
No new bus lanes are proposed along Hatchet Road or Gipsy Patch Lane in the opposite direction (travelling from Parkway to The Mall), except for a stretch that begins shortly before the railway bridge on Gipsy Patch Lane, nor in either direction along the section of Hatchet Road near the Co-op store (former Parkway Tavern).
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