Station Road closure extended as railway bridge embankment work overruns

Photo of work being carried on on a railway embankment to the side of a bridge.
Remedial work being carried out to stablise the railway embankment near the north-eastern wing of the new bridge on Gipsy Patch Lane (December 2022).

The junction of Station Road with Gipsy Patch Lane is to remain closed to motor vehicles into the new year due to overrunning remedial work on the adjacent railway embankment.

Network Rail and its contractor Balfour Beatty are currently carrying out work to extend the north-eastern wing (retaining wall) of the new railway bridge in order to strengthen the adjacent railway embankment.

When the work began in mid-November, South Gloucestershire Council said it expected it to be completed by Wednesday 21st December, but signs at the site are now stating that the road closure will last until Thursday 19th January 2023 – an overrun of four weeks.

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A spokesperson for South Gloucestershire Council, sponsor of the Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension project, said:

“Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, Network Rail has informed the council this work will need to continue into the new year.”

Balfour Beatty will continue to work on site until Friday 23rd December 2022. Work will then pause over the Christmas period and restart on Tuesday 3rd January 2023.

The bus lane closure on Gipsy Patch Lane and the closure of the Station Road junction on Gipsy Patch Lane will need to remain in place over the Christmas period.

The shared use path on the north side of Gipsy Patch Lane near to and under the bridge also needs to remain closed, but the path on the south side is open to pedestrians and cyclists.


Motorists are reminded that the diversion for vehicles needing to access Station Road is via Clay Lane and Little Stoke Lane. Access to businesses to the southern end of Station Road is restricted by a footbridge with a height restriction of 4.2 metres.

Members of the public with questions or issues regarding this work are advised to contact the Network Rail 24-hour helpline on 03457 11 41 41.

The overrun of the work on Station Road means that rail replacement bus services operating between Bristol Parkway Station and Patchway Station over the Christmas period will need to operate via Clay Lane (see details below).

Photo of work being carried on on a railway embankment to the side of a bridge.
Remedial work being carried out to stablise the railway embankment near the north-eastern wing of the new bridge on Gipsy Patch Lane (December 2022).

Rail replacement bus services

Over the Christmas period, Network Rail will be working in the Bristol Parkway area to renew sections of track on the main line between London and South Wales, so trains will not be able to stop at some stations in the area on some days.

This means that from Tuesday 27th to Saturday 31st December 2022, rail replacement bus services are planned to run between Patchway Station and Bristol Parkway Station.  There will also be a follow-up day of rail replacement buses on Sunday 8th January 2023. Due to the closure of the Station Road junction, these buses will route via Little Stoke Lane and Clay Lane. GWR’s advice is to please check times carefully before setting off to travel, and to allow plenty of time for your journey.

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To enable the rail replacement bus service to operate to and from Patchway Station there will be a parking suspension along Clay Lane. This means on-street parking will be prohibited along the road between Tuesday 27th December and Sunday 31st December, and on Sunday 8th January.

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  1. As you say Station road onto Gypsy Patch lane closure is due to strengthening of the embankment on the north side of the new bridge, you were told of this issue with this embankment during the regular meetings with Stoke Gifford parish & local residents way before the completion & opening of the bridge which was also a lengthy over run timewise, if the works are only for the embankment works why have you cordoned off the whole pavement under the length of the bridge and digging up the pavement towards were the pumps are so is there another issue that you are not making us the general public aware of, please be honest.

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