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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.

Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension (CPME) within the wider MetroBus network.

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).

The map on the right shows how the CPME fits in with the wider MetroBus network. View a larger version. [PDF; Dropbox]

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.

See also: Frequently Asked Questions (SGC, 25th July 2016) [PDF]

Timescale

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
  • 2020: Gipsy Patch Lane bridge construction
  • 2021: Construction complete and services operating

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

Updated December 2017. (‘Planning applications submitted’ was previously winter 2017)

Updated February 2018. (‘Gipsy Patch Lane bridge construction’ was previously 2019)

Planning applications

PT18/0986/F | Demolition and construction of new railway bridge to provide widened carriageway, footways and cycle lanes at Gipsy Patch Lane and works to lower the highway beneath. Received 28th February 2018.

PT18/0987/R3F | Widening of Gipsy Patch Lane between the junction with Titan Road (on former Rolls Royce East Works site now known as Horizon 38) and the junction with Bush Avenue. Upgrading of two bus stops to MetroBus style bus stops on Hatchet Road. Received 28th February 2018.

PT18/0988/R3F | Extension of the carriageway at North Road by approximately 220 metres and provision of a new three arm roundabout at the end of North Way, as well as the construction of a new bridge across the unnamed ordinary watercourse within the site, relocation of existing club house and changing facility. Received 28th February 2018.

PT18/0992/R3F | Reconfiguration of San Andreas Roundabout to include an extension / elongation of the existing roundabout, signalisation of the roundabout, and construction of a new spur road in the south east between the existing connections to Brabazon Roundabout and Merlin Road. Received 1st March 2018.

Public consultation

27th November 2015 to 15th January 2016
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
Cabinet
Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood

Agenda item 18: Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension – Hatchet Road Bus Lane Review

Pre-meeting press release from the Conservative Group on SGC (24th November 2017)

Outcome: “That approval be given to proceed with the agreed CPME scheme but without the southbound bus lane on Hatchet Road
and without the bus priority on the Gipsy Patch Lane / Hatchet Road roundabout.” Passed by four votes to two, with one abstention.

Post-meeting press release from the Conservative Group on SGC (4th December 2017)

Minutes (item 72 refers)

19th July 2017
Full Council

Petition debated by council
Agenda item 9: Hatchet Road Bus Lane

Outcome: “Council requests that transport officers re-examine plans for the route of the Metro Bus from the Hatchet Road Roundabout to Parkway Station, investigate whether the CPME Scheme can be delivered in a different way, and prepares a paper to bring to a public Cabinet meeting in the Autumn for this issue to be discussed further which will lead to these proposals going out for further consultation.”

Minutes (item 21 refers)

17th May 2017
Full Council

Petition presented to council
Agenda item 10: Paul Tanner on behalf of Hatchet Road Action Group

Minutes (item 9 refers)

6th July 2016
Environment and Community Services Committee
Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood

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
Venue: Hayfields (Cleve Rugby Club), Cossham Street, Mangotsfield

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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