Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension
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.
- 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.)
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
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)
7th March 2017
Public Meeting called by Stoke Gifford Parish Council
At The Old School Rooms, North Road, starting at 7pm
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
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
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
- Do not widen Hatchet Road for MetroBus on change.org
- No bus lane on Hatchet Road, Stoke Gifford on 38degrees.org.uk
- Hatchet Road Action Group on Facebook
Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension stories in The Journal
- Group formed to “Save Hatchet Road” from “white elephant” MetroBus scheme
- SGC rejects councillors’ appeal to reconsider Hatchet Road bus lane plan
- Survey work this week on Hatchet Road as SGC continues to progress bus lane scheme
- Councillors to press for deferral of Hatchet Road bus lane plans
- Councils on collision course over Hatchet Road bus lane plans
- Dismay over Hatchet Road bus lane decision
- Hatchet Road widening scheme to be discussed again by SGC
- Decision on Hatchet Road widening deferred
- MetroBus Extension report recommends no change in Hatchet Road widening plan
- Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension consultation launched
Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension in the wider media
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.