South Gloucestershire Council has announced that Gipsy Patch Lane will reopen to traffic in a westbound direction only (towards the A38) from 6am on Monday 6th September 2021.
The one-way system will operate between the Little Stoke Lane junction and the mini-roundabout at Rolls-Royce. Traffic will only be able to travel westbound between those points, towards Filton and the A38.
The long-anticipated reopening will allow motor vehicles to pass under the railway line for the first time since the route under the old bridge was closed to traffic in March 2020.
View a higher-resolution version of the above map (on the SGC website).
A much wider replacement bridge was installed at the site in November 2020, seven months later than originally planned due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The existing signposted diversion route will remain in place for eastbound traffic via the A38, Bradley Stoke Way and Winterbourne Road.
The council says the one-way system is necessary to “allow safe and efficient working” during the construction of new bus lanes along Gipsy Patch Lane, on either side of the bridge.
The one-way system will be in place until the road widening works have been completed in late 2022.
Access for residents and businesses
For safety reasons while the one-way system is in operation, the majority of side roads to the east of the railway bridge (Little Stoke side) need to be closed at their junctions with Gipsy Patch Lane. This includes Station Road, Gifford Crescent, the service road, Smithcourt Drive and Bush Avenue (west-most junction).
Access for residents and businesses will be maintained via diversion routes.
The Gipsy Patch Lane service road’s junction with Gifford Crescent will be open. The eastern access to Bush Avenue, nearest to Little Stoke Lane, will remain fully open to residents and patrons of the pub. Drivers are advised that the speed limit along Bush Avenue and Smithcourt Drive will be reduced to 20mph for the duration of the works. Little Stoke Lane will also remain open.
Businesses in Station Road, Gifford Crescent and the Stokers public house will remain open for business as usual. Vehicular access to the shops at Gifford Crescent will be via Kingsway while cars accessing the Stokers pub will do so via Bush Avenue (east-most junction). Vehicular access to Station Road will continue to be via Clay Lane to the north.
At Horizon 38, Titan Road will be closed, so all traffic will need to use Taurus Road.
Businesses at Pegasus Park (including Stagecoach, Strenco and Tyres Direct UK) will be accessible and remain open as usual, but traffic entering and exiting will need to follow the one-way system. This means that the junction will be ‘right-in’ and ‘right-out’ only.
More information and related links:
- Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension (SGC)
- MetroBus Extension Build (SGJ)
- Photo albums (Google Photos):
Advice for pedestrians and cyclists
UPDATE added 6th September 2021.
Cyclists on the road will need to observe the one-way system and use the shared use paths that run along Gipsy Patch Lane.
Cyclists and pedestrians will also be able to use the new shared use path under the railway bridge.
A temporary pedestrian crossing has been installed on Gipsy Patch Lane between the junctions of Gifford Crescent and Station Road. This will be in operation throughout the duration of the one-way system.