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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.

Traffic management will be used in the vicinity of the railway bridge from 2nd September 2019 as further preparations are made.

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** The Travelwest page has been superseded by the SGC page, but is retained for archival purposes.

Traffic management starting September 2019

Photo of a 'Work starting here soon' sign at the railway bridge.

To assist the preparation works a number of traffic management measures will be in use over the coming months.

From Monday 2nd September temporary three-way traffic lights will be in operation on Gipsy Patch Lane at the railway bridge. These will be in place for up to two weeks.

After this period automated Stop/Go boards will be used as needed on Gipsy Patch Lane. These will only be used when workers and machinery from the construction site need to safely cross Gipsy Patch Lane, their use will be kept to a minimum and as far as possible will be kept to off-peak times.

All shops and businesses on and near Gipsy Patch Lane will be open as normal.

Update issued 13th September 2019

The three-way temporary traffic lights at the railway bridge on Gipsy Patch Lane are to remain in place for at least a further week. Contractors are currently installing crossings on Gipsy Patch Lane as part of preparation works for the bridge replacement next year. The extension to the temporary lights is needed to enable additional work to lower a utility cable.

Safety is paramount and given the limited space around the railway bridge the temporary lights help protect workers and members of the public whilst this work is completed.

This additional work will not affect the project’s timetable.

The temporary lights will only operate Monday to Friday during off-peak hours and pedestrians and cyclists will continue to be able to pass under the railway bridge. Cyclists may be asked to dismount.

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”.

Major traffic congestion reports on Facebook

See also: Post-event feedback on the four-week closure (BSJ Facebook)

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.”

Update (27th June 2019): Reopening date confirmed as Monday 1st July

A South Gloucestershire Council spokesperson said: “We are pleased to confirm that Gipsy Patch Lane will reopen as planned before the morning peak period on Monday 1st July. Although [BT] Openreach has completed a lot of the planned work, unfortunately, due to unexpected ground conditions and locations of other live utility pipes and cables, Openreach has not completed it all. The remaining work to lower some of the ducts and cables will now be carried out during the main Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension construction programme in 2020. This will avoid the need to extend the current closure beyond 1st July.”

“We would like to thank residents, businesses and all road users for their patience during this time and apologise for the inconvenience caused.”

Update (28th June 2019): Road reopened at around 5pm

A reader reported at 5pm that Gipsy Patch Lane had been reopened at the railway bridge.

Gipsy Patch Lane signed diversion route June 2019.

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

Site compound near the railway bridge

Plan of the Alun Griffiths site compound at Gipsy Patch Lane.

Above: Overview of the site compound area that is currently (August 2019) being set out on part of the Horizon 38 development. The railway bridge is in the lower left corner of the image. Source: Presentation made by Griffiths in July 2019.

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


  • 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

The full business case approved by the West of England Combined Authority on 14th June 2019 states:

“Construction start is planned in July 2019 with completion expected in April 2022.”

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


  • 2019-06-24 Gipsy Patch Lane Roadworks (on Facebook)
  • 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

15th August 2019
Webpage restyled. Information about traffic management in September 2019 added.

27th June 2019
Addition of statement that Gipsy Patch Lane will “reopen as planned before the morning peak period on Monday 1st July”.

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.

Recent MetroBus Extension build stories in the Journal

MetroBus Extension Build stories in other media

MetroBus work ‘will cost our jobs’ warn businesses hit by road closures
10th July 2019 | Bristol Post
Work to install a new MetroBus route across north Bristol looks set to cost people their jobs because of the roadworks affecting business…

Gipsy Patch Lane closure led to 40% drop for tyre business
9th July 2019 | BBC Bristol
A business next to a road that was closed to start work for a MetroBus extension said takings dropped 40% during the work…

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