UPDATE: Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension, Gipsy Patch Lane

We are writing to inform you about the next stage of works for the Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension (CPME).

CPME

The CPME is a £57 million investment to reduce congestion and improve journey times for all road users in your area by providing a new quick, reliable public transport system. It will offer a direct route between Bristol Parkway railway station, Stoke Gifford, the Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood, The Mall shopping centre and will link with the wider metrobus network.

CPME will also deliver improved facilities for cyclists and pedestrians, making it easier and safer to travel on foot or by bike.

 

The scheme is funded by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) and by the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership through the Local Growth Fund.

Upgraded bus stops on Gipsy Patch Lane, near Little Stoke Lane

The initial phase of works on the eastbound bus stop is now complete, with initial works on the westbound stop due to be complete in the first week of May. We are currently working with partners to install new bus shelters at these stops and we will advise the local community when we have a confirmed date for this. At this stage, it is not confirmed whether Stagecoach will continue to divert the number 12 service so we advise that bus users check the TravelWest website before any journey: https://travelwest.info/.

The current traffic management that has been in place to facilitate the bus stop works will therefore be removed in the first week of May. However, we are then moving on to do other works which require different traffic management elsewhere on Gipsy Patch Lane – see below.

Drainage works

We are widening Gipsy Patch Lane in order to construct a new bus lane and as part of this we need to install a new drainage system. These drainage works will be happening on the north side of Gipsy Patch Lane to the east of the bridge and will start on Tuesday 4th May. These works will be undertaken in several stages during May, June and July.

These works require temporary traffic lights that will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during this period. The traffic lights will restrict the road to single-file traffic along Gipsy Patch Lane between the Stokers pub and the eastbound dual carriageway section of Gipsy Patch Lane. The drainage works will not impede access to properties.

Utility diversions

Western Power Distribution (WPD) and Bristol Water also need to carry out work to divert essential underground services and we anticipate this starting in May. This will require trenching to be dug to the south of Gipsy Patch Lane, along Bush Avenue and Smithcourt Drive. We will be in touch with directly affected properties shortly to provide further details on this stage of the project.

Gipsy Patch Lane railway bridge follow-up works

Following the installation of a new bridge at Gipsy Patch Lane for South Gloucestershire Council’s CPME scheme, further planned work will be undertaken by Network Rail to pack stone under the tracks.

This is needed to optimise performance, increase the life span of the track and, ultimately, ensure the safety of passengers.

Network Rail will be working each night between the hours of 11:45pm and 8.20am on the dates below when trains aren’t operating so their teams can work safely, but please be aware these dates may change.

Saturday 1 May – Sunday 2 May
Saturday 12 June – Sunday 13 June
Saturday 7 August – Sunday 8 August

 

Network Rail is aware that they are working close to residential properties and will try to minimise disruption as much as possible. If you have any questions about the work taking place, please call their 24-hour National Helpline on: 03457 11 41 41 or visit www.networkrail.co.uk/contactus.

Thank you again for your ongoing patience and understanding as we improve sustainable transport for the local area. If you have any questions, please contact the project team using the contact details below.

Further information

For updates on the project, please like and follow our Facebook group www.facebook.com/sgloscpme or visit our webpage www.southglos.gov.uk/cpmetrobus. We would also encourage you to sign up to our newsletter, which you can do by visiting our webpage. If you have any questions, please email CPmetrobus@southglos.gov.uk.