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New platform officially opened at Bristol Parkway

Posted on Sunday 13th May 2018 at 10:42 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of transport secretary Chris Grayling unveiling a plaque to mark the official opening of the new platform.

Secretary of state for transport Chris Grayling was in Stoke Gifford on 13th April to officially open a new (fourth) platform at Bristol Parkway station.

The installation of the new platform is part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan in the west of England, representing a multi-million pound investment and including its biggest ever signalling upgrade which took place earlier this month in the Bristol area. The brand new platform 1 will allow for an increase in capacity on the network, enabling new services to be introduced and reducing delays.

Bristol Parkway is an important station in the west, servicing passengers from Wales and south west England as well as Birmingham, the Midlands and beyond. Train operating companies GWR and CrossCountry will benefit from the increased capacity on the network, and improvements to the track layout will be advantageous for freight companies such as Freightliner.

Unveiling a plaque to mark the official opening, transport secretary Chris Grayling said:

“We are investing in the biggest modernisation of the railways since the Victorian era, delivering better, more frequent and faster journeys for passengers.”

“This vital upgrade at Bristol Parkway is a fantastic example of how we are enhancing rail travel up and down the country, benefiting millions of passengers. These improvements will boost reliability, increase the number of trains serving Bristol and along the route, and also allow new intercity trains to stop at the station too.”

More: GWR will be releasing a new timetable in early 2019 »

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Gipsy Patch Lane rail bridge upgrade slips by a year to 2020

Posted on Saturday 17th March 2018 at 9:45 pm by SH (Editor)

Indicative artist’s impression of the new railway bridge on Gipsy Patch Lane (looking west).

The construction of a replacement railway bridge on Gipsy Patch Lane, which was due to be take place during a 100-hour rail possession over Easter 2019, has been delayed by a year, the Journal can reveal.

The new bridge forms a major element in South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) proposed Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension (CPME). Once complete and services start operating in 2021, the CPME will extend part of the North Fringe to Hengrove MetroBus route which is currently being built. Passengers using the extension will be able to benefit from a direct link between Bristol Parkway Station and The Mall bus station, via the redeveloped Filton Airfield site.

The new, wider bridge will benefit road users and local businesses by relieving the pinch point in traffic flow at this location. Proposals for the new bridge are wide enough to include a shared use path on both sides of the road, a lane of general traffic in each direction and a bus lane in each direction underneath the bridge to encourage people to use more sustainable transport options.

An SGC spokesperson told the Journal:

“The [revised] construction programme shows that work to build the new bridge is planned mainly in 2020, which is later than previously stated. This is because we are going through Network Rail’s due process of ensuring that cost estimates that will inform future stages of work on the bridge are as robust as possible. This means that more ground investigation surveys for the bridge have been carried out at an early stage so that we can budget for the bridge’s forthcoming detailed design and construction with as much certainty as possible. This has pushed the bridge replacement part of the CPME scheme back, but the overall timescale for completing the extension remains on track and MetroBus services would start operating on the route after construction finishes in 2021.”

More: Planning applications for the CPME scheme to be submitted soon »

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Overnight closures of Parkway Bridge between 12th and 20th March

Posted on Sunday 11th March 2018 at 6:24 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of a matrix sign displaying information about roadworks at Parkway Bridge.

Motorists and local residents are being advised to prepare for disruption caused by the planned overnight closure of roads in the vicinity of Parkway Station over a number of nights in March.

South Gloucestershire Council has announced that it plans to carry out major resurfacing work on Brierly Furlong and Hatchet Road between 12th and 20th March. The work will involve planing off the existing surface and the laying of a new surface.

Activity will start at around 8pm each night and continue until approximately 6am.

The council warns that the works will create “a significant amount of noise”.

The road through Parkway Railway Bridge will be closed from the junction of Hatchet Road and North Road to the junction of Brierly Furlong and the bus gate off New Road.

All traffic will be diverted around the area whilst the closures are in place. Access to properties and amenities fronting the site and whose only access is from the closed road, will be available at all times and every effort will be made to keep the disruption to local residents to a minimum. There will be no access to Parkway Station from Hatchet Road during the closure periods. All access to Parkway will be from the rear entrance (via Hunts Ground Road).

An SGC spokesperson said:

“Although alternative routes will be signposted whilst the works are in progress, it is possible that delays may occur on the surrounding network. Please watch the local press for any further news, but you are advised to avoid the area if possible for the duration of the works. South Gloucestershire Council apologises for any inconvenience caused by these essential works.”

More: Information on bus diversions and pedestrian access »

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CPME (‘MetroBus 2’): What happens next?

Posted on Monday 26th February 2018 at 8:30 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of contractors carrying out ground investigations near the Gipsy Patch Lane railway bridge.

The controversial Hatchet Road bus lane may have been scrapped (as previously reported), but the wider Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension (CPME) project, of which the bus lane was a relatively small part, goes on and is expected to gather pace in the next few months.

The objective of the CPME is to provide a fast and reliable bus link between Cribbs Causeway, Filton Airfield and Bristol Parkway Station. The scheme will also relieve traffic congestion by replacing the current Gipsy Patch Lane railway bridge with a new concrete structure that accommodates four lanes of traffic (one bus lane and one general traffic lane in each direction).

The next milestone will be the submission of four planning applications; the two of local interest being the one for the new railway bridge and another for highway works on Gipsy Patch Lane and Hatchet Road.

Subject to planning consent being granted, a full business case for the scheme will be submitted to the West of England Combined Authority later this year.

In relation to the Gipsy Patch Lane railway bridge work, South Gloucestershire Council says it has agreed terms with the developers of the former East Works site (now known as Horizon 38) to provide land for a temporary site compound that will be required for the duration of this aspect of the scheme.

Further information on the CPME project is available at

Timeline for the Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension

  • February 2018: Planning applications submitted
  • Later in 2018: Construction starts
  • 2019: Gipsy Patch Lane railway bridge construction
  • 2021: Construction complete and services operating

This article originally appeared in the February 2018 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 23). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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