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Dismay over Hatchet Road bus lane decision

Posted on Saturday 20th August 2016 at 3:22 pm by SH (Editor)

MetroBus network in north Bristol, showing proposed Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension.

South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) decision to approve a scheme that involves ripping up mature hedgerows and scores of trees to install a new bus lane along one side of Hatchet Road has been greeted with dismay by local residents and councillors.

With SGC’s own figures showing that the new southbound bus lane will reduce bus journey times by just 29 seconds, and only during the morning peak, with no improvement at other times of the day, the £1.47 million cost of installing it has been described by Cllr Ernie Brown, chair of Stoke Gifford Parish Council and one of three SGC councillors representing Stoke Gifford, as “economic suicide”.

The bus lane forms a small part of the Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension (CPME), a proposed extension of the wider MetroBus network that is currently under construction. It will link 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 scheme also includes replacing the railway bridge on Gipsy Patch Lane with a much wider concrete structure capable of accommodating one general traffic lane and a bus lane in each direction.

Strong opposition to the Hatchet Road widening, which would require a strip of land to be taken from Meade Park (resulting in the loss of some trees) and the removal of hedgerows on both sides of the road south of Meade Park, was evident in the results of a public consultation on the proposed CPME scheme that ran from November 2015 to January 2016.

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Hatchet Road widening scheme to be discussed again by SGC

Posted on Tuesday 5th July 2016 at 9:37 pm by SH (Editor)

Indicative artist’s impression of proposals on Hatchet Road (looking north).

Controversial plans to widen Hatchet Road in Stoke Gifford, to accommodate a new southbound bus lane for the proposed Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension (CPME), are to be considered again by South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) at a meeting in Kingswood tomorrow (Wednesday 6th July).

The CPME is an extension of the MetroBus network which will extend the North Fringe to Hengrove Package (NFHP) route that is currently under construction. It is intended to provide a fast and direct link between Bristol Parkway station and The Mall bus station via the planned new mixed use development on the former Filton Airfield site.

The proposals relating to Hatchet Road require a strip of land to be taken from Meade Park (resulting in the loss of some trees) and the removal of hedgerows on both sides of the carriageway.

Strong opposition to the widening of Hatchet Road was demonstrated in the results of a public consultation, with 75 of the 95 responses relating to this section of the route being categorised as objections.

A decision on the scheme was due to be made at a meeting on 4th May, but following lengthy discussion, it was deferred pending further consideration of the implications of a number of alternative options.

In a report published ahead of tomorrow’s meeting, council officers say they have performed further work to inform the committee’s decision. This has included investigating funding sources, further technical work into impact on adjacent third party land and the programme implications of pursuing a number of options involving an alternative route that would see MetroBus vehicles leaving Parkway via the rear (eastern) station access and travelling along Hunts Ground Road, Great Stoke Way and Winterbourne Road.

More: Recommendation is for Hatchet Road route to be progressed »

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MetroBus Extension report recommends no change in Hatchet Road widening plan

Posted on Monday 25th April 2016 at 8:36 pm by SH (Editor)

Indicative artist’s impression of proposals on Hatchet Road (looking north).

A report on the results of the recent public consultation on preliminary designs for the Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension (CPME) is recommending that the scheme be progressed largely unaltered, despite scores of people registering objections to the proposed widening of Hatchet Road in Stoke Gifford, in order to accommodate a new bus lane.

The proposals require a strip of land to be taken from Meade Park (resulting in the loss of some trees) and the removal of hedgerows on both sides of Hatchet Road south of Meade Park.

Councillors on South Gloucestershire Council’s Planning, Transportation and Strategic Environment (PTSE) Committee will be making a decision on the next steps for the project at their meeting on Wednesday 4th May.

The CPME is an extension of the MetroBus network which will extend the North Fringe to Hengrove MetroBus route that is currently under construction. The CPME will provide a fast and direct link between Bristol Parkway station and The Mall bus station via the Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood. It will also link to the other MetroBus routes which are currently being built, including the South Bristol link and Ashton Vale to Temple Meads.

One of the elements of the scheme is the proposed replacement of the railway bridge over Gipsy Patch Lane. The proposed new bridge would be wider and include a lane for general traffic, a shared use path and a bus lane in both directions.

Councillors will be asked at the committee meeting to approve the start of the necessary procedures to allow the project to progress, including detailed design work and the use of compulsory purchase powers, if necessary, to acquire land needed in some places to build the CPME.

More: Alternative route via Hunts Ground Road not suitable, says report »

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Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension consultation launched

Posted on Monday 7th December 2015 at 8:32 am by SH (Editor)

Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension overview diagram.

A consultation on preliminary designs for the Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension (CPME) has been launched by South Gloucestershire Council.

The 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.

The council 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. The new bridge will be designed and constructed by Network Rail and is not included in the consultation.

Within the parish of Stoke Gifford, new bus lanes are proposed eastbound along Gipsy Patch Lane, from the railway bridge to the start of the dual carriageway on the approach to the Hatchet Road/Winterbourne Road roundabout, and south from this roundabout as far as the Sandringham Road/Ratcliffe Drive roundabout.

No new bus lanes are proposed along Hatchet Road or Gipsy Patch Lane in the opposite direction (travelling from Parkway to The Mall), except for a stretch that begins shortly before the railway bridge on Gipsy Patch Lane, nor in either direction along the section of Hatchet Road near the Co-op store (former Parkway Tavern).

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