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Cameras used to aid bridge diversion planning

Posted on Friday 5th April 2019 at 9:12 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of a traffic survey camera on Hatchet Road, Stoke Gifford.

South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) says it received an “excellent” response rate to a recently conducted online travel survey aimed at users of Gipsy Patch Lane. The results of the survey will be used to help plan the traffic management needed during a series of full closures of the road, the first of which is due to start on Monday 3rd June and last for one month.

The road closures, over a period of nearly two years, are needed to allow the existing narrow arch railway bridge to be replaced by a much wider concrete structure.

The work is being carried out as part of the Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension (CPME) scheme, which also involves the creation of new bus lanes along parts of Gipsy Patch Lane.

Local residents may have noticed temporary traffic survey cameras mounted at various points around the Stokes during March. SGC has confirmed that these cameras are connected to the CPME works. A spokesperson said:

“We will use recorded data to determine journey times and the number of vehicles travelling between the points at which the cameras are located. This will help us to plan diversion routes and traffic management in the area during the CPME construction work. We may use cameras for this purpose at other times during the project too.”

“We will publicise further information about the June highway closure as soon as it is confirmed – we currently expect this to be in early May. Following that, there will be further information published on an ongoing basis associated with phases of construction and traffic management.”

More information: MetroBus Extension Build

This article originally appeared in the April 2019 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal magazine (on page 3). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to over 5,000 homes in Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke and Harry Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Last chance to complete Gipsy Patch Lane travel survey ahead of MetroBus works

Posted on Monday 18th March 2019 at 9:06 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of a sign promoting the Gipsy Patch Lane travel survey.

Residents of the Stokes have until Wednesday this week (20th March) to complete a travel survey that South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) is conducting ahead of what is expected to be nearly two years of disruptive roadworks on Gipsy Patch Lane.

Major work is due to begin is soon to extend the MetroBus network from The Mall bus station to Bristol Parkway train station, via the forthcoming Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood on the former Filton Airfield.

Working with Network Rail, this includes replacing the railway bridge over Gipsy Patch Lane with a wider bridge to enable lanes for general traffic, shared use paths and bus lanes in both directions. The scheme will also include footway widening and new bus lanes along other sections of Gipsy Patch Lane.

During the construction period there will be both full and partial closures to Gipsy Patch Lane.

Work should be completed and MetroBuses running on the Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension (CPME) route by early 2022.

An SGC spokesperson said:

“We understand that all of these roadworks will have a major impact on traffic in the nearby and wider area. We apologise in advance for this inconvenience and would like to assure you that we are doing everything we can to minimise disruption to residents, businesses and road users.”

The council has launched a travel survey to better understand travel patterns on Gipsy Patch Lane and it is encouraging anyone who travels or lives along Gipsy Patch Lane to take part. The survey should only take five minutes to complete and will be open until Wednesday 20th March 2019.

To complete the survey, visit

The results of the survey, together with monitoring of traffic flows in the area, including the use of temporary traffic cameras, will be used to plan for the traffic management required during the CPME construction work.

More information: MetroBus Extension Build (The Journal)

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Council confirms four-week closure of Gipsy Patch Lane THIS JUNE

Posted on Monday 18th February 2019 at 4:25 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Gipsy Patch Lane railway bridge (looking westwards) with superimposed image of a 'Road Closed' sign.

South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) has today confirmed rumours that Gipsy Patch Lane will be closed to all traffic at the railway bridge for a period of four weeks this June (2019).

The news comes less than three months after council officers assured a packed public meeting that the most disruptive roadworks associated with the upcoming Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension (CPME) scheme would not commence until 2020.

The June 2019 road closure is said to be necessary for BT to carry out preparatory work to divert underground utilities.

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.

A council spokesperson said:

“Gipsy Patch Lane will be closed to all highway users, including pedestrians and cyclists, at the railway bridge for approximately four weeks from Monday 3rd June. 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. Dates of the full closure will be clearly signposted to give adequate notice.”

“Undertaking the utility diversion work at this early stage reduces the overall level of disruption to Gipsy Patch Lane and will help us to ensure that the later construction work keeps to programme.”

The spokesperson added that BT is expected to commence work on Monday 25th February, but the initial phase of work is not expected to cause any disruption to road users or to the supply of BT services, although some foot/cycle paths may be affected.

Further details of the June 2019 road closure and the latest news on the overall CPME project will be published in the March issues of the Stoke Gifford Journal and Bradley Stoke Journal magazines.

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Cost of replacement railway bridge rockets by at least £20m

Posted on Tuesday 15th January 2019 at 9:30 pm by SH (Editor)

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

Council in race against time to secure extra funding in order to achieve planned 2020 implementation date.

Plans to replace the narrow-arched railway bridge on Gipsy Patch Lane with a much wider concrete structure have been thrown into turmoil following the revelation that the work could cost tens of millions of pounds more than was originally estimated.

The bridge replacement forms a major element of the Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension (CPME) scheme, which will provide a direct express bus link between Bristol Parkway railway station and The Mall bus station via the forthcoming new developments on the Filton Airfield site.

The cost of the CPME scheme, which includes highway works to create new bus lanes on some sections of the route, was originally estimated at £35m, to be funded through an allocation from the West of England’s Economic Development Fund (EDF), subject to approval of a full business case submission.

In 2015, South Gloucestershire Council chose to proceed with a wider design for the Gipsy Patch Lane railway bridge than had originally been envisaged, adding £5m to the overall CPME scheme cost, subject to an additional funding source being identified.

But with the council now ploughing ahead with its plan to implement the Gipsy Patch Lane bridge replacement during a 12-day closure of the railway over Easter 2020, it has been told by Network Rail that the costs for the work are likely to be “significantly higher” than originally estimated, bringing the overall CPME scheme price tag to between £60m and £75m (an increase of at least £20m).

With the Network Rail tendering process still under way, the reasons for the cost increase have been deemed commercially sensitive, so they have not been revealed to the public.

More: Council is negotiating a ‘break clause’ with Network Rail »

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