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Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension

Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension overview diagram.

The Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension (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.

South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) 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.

For the latest information, visit the Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension page on the Travelwest website.


Source: Travelwest

  • Spring 2014 onwards: Initial site surveys and preliminary design work
  • Autumn/Winter 2014: Early information sharing
  • Autumn/Winter 2015: Public consultation
  • Winter/Spring 2016: Consultation analysis
  • Summer 2016 to Summer 2017: Detailed design
  • Winter 2017: Planning applications submitted
  • 2018: Construction starts
  • 2019: Gipsy Patch Lane bridge construction
  • 2021: Construction complete and services operating

Updated March 2017. (‘Services operating’ date was previously 2019.)

Public consultation

Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension public consultation
This consultation is asking for your views on the proposals. We want to know if you have any particular concerns about the proposals and if you have any suggestions for improvements. Outcomes:
(1) Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension Consultation Issues Report
(2) Responses to main issues raised during the consultation

Council Meetings

4th December 2017
Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood
Agenda (Due to be published on Friday 24th November 2017)

6th July 2016
Environment and Community Services Committee
Agenda item 14: Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension
Outcome: Officer recommendations (including Hatchet Road bus lane) approved by 7 votes to 6.
Minutes (published 31st August 2016; item 13 refers)

4th May 2016
Planning, Transportation and Strategic Environment Committee
Agenda item 11: Outcome of the Consultation on MetroBus Extension
Minutes (published 28th June 2016; item 103 refers)

Other Meetings

7th March 2017
Public Meeting called by Stoke Gifford Parish Council
At The Old School Rooms, North Road, starting at 7pm
See: Poster
Overview published on the Hatchet Road 2016 Facebook page

22nd November 2016
Public Meeting called by Stoke Gifford Parish Council
SGJ article published prior to the meeting:
Councils on collision course over Hatchet Road bus lane plans
SGJ article published after the meeting:
Councillors to press for deferral of Hatchet Road bus lane plans

Press releases

Update on the Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension
8th July 2016 | South Gloucestershire Council

Gipsy Patch Lane rail bridge replacement

From a report to the SGC Environment and Community Services Committee on 6th July 2016:

“The bridge replacement requires a 100 hour rail possession. This length rail possession is only available twice a year; during Easter or Christmas. The current programme targets a 100 hour rail possession during Easter 2019 for the bridge replacement works.”

Hatchet Road bus lane

CPME Hatchet Road bus lane overview plan.

Above: The planned bus lane will run on the southbound side of Hatchet Road, from point A (Gipsy Patch Lane roundabout) to point B (Ratcliffe Drive roundabout).

Petitions and protest groups

Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension stories in The Journal

Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension in the wider media

Thousands have signed a petition calling for Hatchet Road not to be widened for MetroBus
4th May 2017 | Bristol Post
Local campaigners have taken a step towards beating plans to widen Hatchet Road for the MetroBus after gathering over 2,500 signatures on a petition – forcing a debate on the issue at full council.

Stoke Gifford residents say £2 million is being wasted on a Metrobus extension ‘no-one will use’
8th March 2017 | Bristol Post
‘Why is the council spending £2 million on a bus route no one wants or will use?’ This was main the question from a packed public meeting where residents discussed plans for a MetroBus extension.

‘We would replace hedgerow if MetroBus lane is built in Stoke Gifford’ – South Glos councillor
22nd February 2017 | Bristol Post
A top South Gloucestershire councillor has offered to replace a hedgerow if a controversial bus lane is built in Stoke Gifford. Residents in Hatchet Road and nearby are fuming at plans to build a £2million bus lane for the new MetroBuses which will only save 29 seconds in journey times. The plan would mean taking out a mature hedgerow which screens houses from the busy road.

New bus lane for MetroBus would cost at least £2million – and save just 29 seconds in journey time
21st February 2017 | Bristol Post
New bus lane for MetroBus would cost at least £2million – and save just 29 seconds in journey time. Parish councillors dispute the time saving on Hatchet Road because the buses might have to stop at traffic lights on the stretch of road where the bus lane would be built.

Bristol’s MetroBus network to be extended to The Mall at Cribbs Causeway
7th July 2016 | Bristol Post
Councillors in South Gloucestershire have decided to extend the £200m MetroBus network to Cribbs Causeway. The extension on the northern fringe-to-Hengrove route will run 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, and through the Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood.

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