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MetroBus Extension Build

Photomontage of the proposed replacement railway bridge on Gipsy Patch Lane, looking westwards

This page brings together news and resources relating to the construction of the Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension (CPME) route through Little Stoke and Stoke Gifford. For background information on how the CPME scheme has evolved, including the controversy over a proposed bus lane on Hatchet Road, visit the Journal’s main CPME page.

Early preparatory work began on Gipsy Patch Lane on Monday 25th February 2019 to divert underground utilities and undertake surveys in preparation for the main construction work. This preliminary work is being carried out by BT. It is not expected to cause any disruption to the supply of BT services or to road users, however, some foot/cycle paths may be affected.

The next phase of BT’s preparatory work will require a closure of Gipsy Patch Lane at the railway bridge for approximately four weeks during June 2019. The road will be closed to all highway users (except pedestrians and cyclists) from Monday 3rd June 2019. Access to properties and side roads along Gipsy Patch Lane will be maintained and no disruption to the supply of utilities is expected.

The main CPME construction programme, which is yet to be finalised, is anticipated to include an approximate eight-month closure of Gipsy Patch Lane from early 2020 to enable the replacement of the railway bridge.

Photo of the Gipsy Patch Lane railway bridge (looking westwards).

More information and related related links:

* The SGC information page should be considered the definitive source of information about the CPME project and all associated roadworks

** The Travelwest page has been superseded by the SGC page, but is retained for archival purposes.

June 2019 closure

Photo of a matrix sign displaying a message about the planned closure of Gipsy Patch Lane for four weeks in June 2019.

Roadworks are currently taking place on Gipsy Patch Lane in preparation for the man construction work, which is expected to start later this year. The current work is being undertaken by BT to divert underground utilities.

The next phase of BT’s preparatory work will require Gipsy Patch Lane to be closed to all vehicles at the railway bridge for approximately four weeks during June. A route under the bridge will be maintained for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists during the closure.*

A signed diversion route will be in place during this time.  Access to properties and side roads along Gipsy Patch Lane will be maintained and no disruption to the supply of utilities is expected. Businesses and shops along and near Gipsy Patch Lane will be open as normal.

Dates of the full closure and diversion routes will be clearly signposted.

* The council previously stated that the road would be “closed to all highway users, including pedestrians and cyclists”.

Update (24th May 2019): Start date of Monday 3rd June confirmed

A South Gloucestershire Council spokesperson said: “BT’s works are on track for the road closure to begin on Monday 3rd June. Advance warning signs featuring the start date were placed at appropriate locations on the local road network on 20th and 21st May.”

Gipsy Patch Lane signed diversion route June 2019.

Above: Diversion route for the June 2019 closure [click to enlarge].

Public drop-in information sessions (May 2019)

To help keep you informed and to explain more about the CPME works, South Gloucestershire Council is holding a series of public drop-in events during May 2019:

  • Wednesday 8th May, 5pm-7pm, at Little Stoke Primary School, Little Stoke BS34 6HY
  • Monday 13th May, 3pm-6pm, at Patchway Community Centre, Rodway Road, Patchway BS34 5PF
  • Tuesday 14th May, 3pm-5pm, at Baileys Court Activity Centre, Baileys Court Road, Bradley Stoke BS32 8BH
  • Monday 20th May, 3.30pm-6.30pm, at Little Stoke Community Hall, Little Stoke Lane, Little Stoke BS34 6HR
  • Tuesday 21st May, 4pm-7pm, at The St Michael’s Centre, The Green, Stoke Gifford BS34 8PD
  • Wednesday 22nd May, 3pm-6pm, at BAWA Centre, 589 Southmead Rd BS34 7RG

Overview of main work on Gipsy Patch Lane

From documents published as part of the planning application.

Gipsy Patch Lane road closures for construction of the CPME scheme.

Click the above image to enlarge it in a pop-up window.

Outline programme schedule

Complete

  • Spring 2014 – Site surveys and preliminary design work
  • Autumn/winter 2015 – Public consultation
  • Winter/spring 2016 – Consultation analysis
  • Summer 2016 to Summer 2017 – Detailed design
  • February 2018 – Planning applications submitted
  • July 2018 – Planning applications approved

To be completed

  • February 2019 – Utility works on Gipsy Patch Lane
  • June 2019 – Four week closure of Gipsy Patch Lane for utility diversions
  • Summer 2019 – Construction starts
  • 2020 – Gipsy Patch Lane railway bridge construction
  • 2022 – Construction complete and MetroBus services operating on the route

A log of how the above dates have changed with time may be viewed on the Journal’s main CPME webpage.

Gipsy Patch Lane railway bridge replacement video

Video of the Gipsy Patch Lane railway bridge replacement - by Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd.

Video by Network Rail’s bridge work sub-contractors Alun Grifiths (Contractors) Ltd showing how the replacement railway bridge will be constructed and moved into position: Gipsy Patch Lane Bridge Replacement

Photos

  • 2019-06-13 Gipsy Patch Lane Roadworks (on Facebook)

Gipsy Patch Lane travel survey

South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) is currently considering options to manage traffic during the main Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension construction work on Gipsy Patch Lane which is due to start later in 2019.  To this end, it is conducting an online travel survey to better understand travel patterns on Gipsy Patch Lane.

The council is asking everyone who travels along this road regularly to complete the survey. It should take about five minutes to complete.

The survey can be found at www.southglos.gov.uk/GPLsurvey and it is open until Wednesday 20th March 2019.

Log of changes made to SGC’s CPME information page

29th May 2019
Specific start date of Monday 3rd June reinstated for June full closure.

20th May 2019
Link to a video about the replacement of the railway bridge added (as played at the drop-in sessions during May 2019).

9th May 2019
In relation to the June 2019 road closure: “Gipsy Patch Lane [will be] closed to all highway users, including pedestrians and cyclists, at the railway bridge” changed to “A route under the bridge will be maintained for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists during the closure”.

23rd April 2019
Addition of “businesses will be open” as usual to June 2019 section.
Specific start date for June full closure of Monday 3rd June deleted.

22nd April 2019
Details of public drop-in information sessions during May added.

25th March 2019
Details of Gipsy Patch Lane travel survey (closed on 20th March) deleted.

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