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What is the Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension?

Metrobus is a new express bus service that started operating in the West of England in 2018. The construction of the existing network was a joint a project between South Gloucestershire Council, Bristol City Council and North Somerset Council.

There are currently three metrobus routes in operation m1, m2 and m3. The m1 and m3 provide fast and reliable connections between South Gloucestershire and Bristol city centre. The m2 runs from Long Ashton Park & Ride to Bristol city centre.

We are now developing the Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension.  It is called an ‘extension’ because it will extend part of the existing metrobus network that is already operating.

The scheme will improve the public transport network by providing an alternative, fast and direct bus route between Parkway Station and The Mall at Cribbs Causeway. It will benefit communities in Stoke Gifford, Patchway and the forthcoming Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood on the former Filton Airfield.

By offering faster, reliable bus travel on modern, environmentally-friendly vehicles with USB sockets and free wifi, we aim to increase the number of people travelling on public transport and reduce the amount of traffic on our local roads.

The Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension will cost approximately £57million and is being funded by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) and by the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership through the Local Growth Fund.

The route

Metrobuses will travel in both directions along the route from Bristol Parkway Station via Hatchet Road, Gipsy Patch Lane, through the Horizon 38 Business Park site, across the A38, through the Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood site, San Andreas roundabout on Hayes Way, Highwood Road to The Mall bus station.

What is going to be built

Much of the metrobus extension will be on existing routes which do not require any work. New sections are being built by the developers of Horizon 38 Business Park and the Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood and other elements are being delivered by us and Network Rail.

Planned works on Gipsy Patch Lane include the replacement of the existing railway bridge with a wider bridge, which will provide room for new bus lanes in each direction and shared use cycle and pedestrian pathways, as well as general traffic lanes. We are working with Network Rail and Alun Griffiths Contractors to deliver the new bridge.

You can watch a short video to see a visual representation of the planned construction process for the replacement of the Gipsy Patch Lane railway bridge.

Other work along Gipsy Patch Lane includes footway widening and new bus lanes. This will result in significant benefits for everyone, whether you travel by bus, car, cycle or on foot.

Work will also be carried out at the San Andreas roundabout and on Hatchet Road.

Planning permission was granted for work to the San Andreas roundabout, the Gipsy Patch Lane highway and railway bridge, and Hatchet Road bus stops in July 2018. The planning application documentation and designs are available below:

Project timetable

We understand that this work will have a major impact on traffic in the nearby and wider area and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. We would like to assure local residents and businesses that we are doing everything we can to minimise disruption.

These dates may be subject to further change and we will continue to keep the community up to date. We will share more information on these phases closer to the work taking place. This will include details of the traffic management measures needed.

CPME construction programme July 2020 - a gant chart showing timescales of programme between Summer 2020 and 2023

CPME construction programme July 2020

Future work:

  • October 2020 – Gipsy Patch Lane bridge replacement works
  • November 2020 – Gipsy Patch Lane road lowering at bridge
  • August 2021 – Gipsy Patch Lane road widening construction works (west of bridge)
  • October 2021 – Gipsy Patch Lane road widening construction works (east of bridge)
  • Early 2023 – Construction complete

Work completed so far:

  • September 2020 – Work begins on Hatchet Road
  • Spring 2020 – Gipsy Patch Lane closure for bridge construction
  • Early 2020 – Work begins at San Andreas roundabout
  • Autumn 2019 – Preliminary works continue on Gipsy Patch Lane
  • 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 work completed
  • February 2018 – Planning applications submitted
  • July 2018 – Planning applications approved
  • February 2019 – Utility works on Gipsy Patch Lane
  • June 2019 – Four week closure of Gipsy Patch Lane for utility diversions
  • June 2019 – the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) and the West of England Joint Committee approved more than £57 million investment for the Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension

Keep updated

Updates will also be posted on our Facebook and Twitter accounts. If you have any questions or if you would like further information please email CPmetrobus@southglos.gov.uk

Latest project news

Bridge replacement update

Update – Monday 23 November

The new 4,260 tonne railway bridge on Gipsy Patch Lane is now fully installed and the main rail line reopened.

This has been a significant engineering project and the bridge move was the heaviest lift of its kind to have been undertaken in the UK.

During the recent rail line closure, Network Rail and its contractor Alun Griffiths, worked round the clock to remove the track and overhead line equipment, demolish the former bridge on Gipsy Patch Lane, move the new bridge into position and reinstall the track and overhead line equipment.

Unfortunately, due to a significant engineering problem experienced during the bridge move, this work took longer than expected and the closure of the rail line had to be extended. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the local community for their patience during this phase of work.

Update – Monday 16 November

The new 4,260 tonne railway bridge on Gipsy Patch Lane is now in its final position, completing the heaviest lift of its kind ever undertaken in the UK.

Network Rail, and its contractor Alun Griffiths, will now continue with the next phase of work, which is to rebuild the embankment, reinstate the rail line and reinstall the overhead wires and supporting infrastructure.

The remainder of the work will be noisy and will be carried out round the clock so it is completed as quickly as possible. A number of noise mitigation measures such as acoustic barriers are in place but we apologise for any disruption that may be caused.

Anyone with questions or issues about the bridge replacement work should call the Network Rail 24/7 helpline on 03457 11 41 41.

Due to an engineering problem experienced during the bridge move, the closure of the rail line has been extended until Monday 23 November. This date could be subject to change and we will keep the community updated.

Rail passengers are reminded that rail replacement services, specifically between Bristol and Newport, remain in place until at least Monday 23 November. If you are planning to travel by train during this time please check carefully before doing so. For further details, please visit nationalrail.co.uk or GWR.com/Bristol.

Gipsy Patch Lane - railway bridge installation

Update – Wednesday 11 November

Work to complete the bridge replacement on Gipsy Patch Lane is continuing.

This is a highly complex engineering project. Weighing 4,260-tonnes, the new bridge was the heaviest lift of its kind ever undertaken in the UK and was not without risk.

The new bridge, which was built on site, was being moved into position using specialist hydraulic transporters which managed to successfully move it two thirds of the way into position before Network Rail, and its contractor Alun Griffiths, encountered a significant problem. The bridge is approximately 40 metres from its final position.

A separate team within Network Rail are investigating why the detailed plan did not work, in the meantime, the focus is on completing the work as quickly and as safely as possible.

Last week Network Rail and Alun Griffiths established a comprehensive plan to move the bridge into place and reinstate the railway, and they have been working on this since then. This plan involves several contingency options to help manage the significant complexity and risks involved.

Work is now focussed on moving the bridge temporarily off the hydraulic transporters it is sitting on, to reinforce the roadway and then enable the transporters to move the bridge successfully into place. Given the high risk and complex nature of the operation, Network Rail and Alun Griffiths have brought on board additional resources and specialists to assist them.

We will continue to update the community and our stakeholders on the work as it progresses. A further update will be issued on Monday 16 November.

The rail line between Bristol and Newport remains closed at this time; the current diversionary routes between London, Bristol and Wales, and the rail replacement service specifically between Bristol and Newport will remain in place until at least Monday 23 November, however, this date could be subject to further change.

We apologise for any inconvenience being caused by these ongoing works and we thank the local community for their patience.

Update – Monday 2 November

Despite detailed planning and preparation, our contractor, Network Rail has encountered a significant issue moving the new 4,260-tonne Gipsy Patch Lane bridge into place.

The bridge, which is already built, is being moved into position on a number of independent hydraulic transporters. Having successfully moved two thirds of the way into place the bridge transporters are now stuck.

Our focus, alongside Network Rail, is on resolving the issue so that the bridge can be moved into position. This is likely to take a number of days and will delay the re-opening of the mainline.

Rail services are still operating via alternative routes and rail replacement services.

Update – Thursday 17 September

The bridge replacement work will now take place from late evening on Saturday 24 October to the early hours of Saturday 7 November. During this time Network Rail, and its contractor Alun Griffiths, will be working continuously, night and day, to remove the track and overhead line equipment, demolish the existing bridge on Gipsy Patch Lane, move the new bridge into position and reinstall the track and overhead line equipment.

The planned work will involve the use of heavy machinery and noisy activities, such as excavation and further piling. The work will take place around the clock to allow as much work to be completed in the shortest possible time. Network Rail will work to minimise the disturbance and will put in place a number of noise mitigation measures such as acoustic barriers. All deliveries and construction equipment needing access during the work will enter via the A38 and the construction site on the west (non-residential) side of the bridge. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused by this work.

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Network Rail is regularly reviewing its contingency plans to mitigate as much risk as possible from Coronavirus. However, the project team will be guided by any future government advice or directives and in the lead up to and during the works the situation on local lockdowns will be monitored.

The works will be carried out in compliance with the latest government guidelines for the construction industry. At present they include following social distancing, where tasks are not able to be undertaken with social distancing appropriate PPE will be provided. Network Rail and Alun Griffiths have arranged additional welfare and extra cleaning provisions and there will be dedicated marshals on site at all times who will ensure controls and standards of cleanliness are maintained. Temperature checks of all personnel will also be taken on arrival to site.

We understand there is a great local interest in the CPME project but everyone should continue to practice social distancing to reduce the risk of spreading Coronavirus. People must follow government instructions on social distancing, which currently say people should not gather in groups of more than 6 people. Therefore, we would kindly ask that you do not visit the construction site, including the railway bridge area, on Gipsy Patch Lane to watch work taking place or interact with the workforce. Any questions or issues you may have can be raised via the Network Rail 24-hour helpline on 03457 11 41 41.

Train services

The bridge move will involve the closure of the railway line between Bristol Parkway and Newport from Sunday 25 October to Friday 6 November (inclusive). During this time train services in the area will be altered and buses will replace some trains. If you are planning to travel please check carefully before doing so.

For further details, please visit nationalrail.co.uk or GWR.com/Bristol.

Patchway Station

Between Sunday 25 October and Friday 6 November (inclusive) no trains will call at Patchway Station. However, rail replacement buses will run between Bristol Parkway, Patchway, Severn Tunnel Junction and Newport.

Parking suspensions will be in place at Patchway Station during this time to enable the rail replacement buses to turn. If you need to travel, customers are advised to park at Bristol Parkway instead. Additional parking enforcement patrols will be carried out in the Station Road area.

Gipsy Patch Lane closure

Once the new bridge has been moved into place and the railway line has been reopened Gipsy Patch Lane will remain closed to all road users to enable further works on the carriageway. The road closure is expected to last until July 2021.

This work will include:

  • Demolition and excavation of the existing carriageway underneath the bridge
  • Re-grading the junction with Station Road to tie-in with the new carriageway level
  • Utility diversions underneath the new cycle and pedestrian pathways
  • Installation of new surface water drainage system, including pumping station
  • Installation of new street lighting
  • Construction of new carriageway and pathways
  • New traffic signs, road markings and landscaping/planting

The signed diversion route for motorists will remain via Bradley Stoke Way and the A38.

  • Signed vehicle diversion route

Gipsy Patch Lane signed vehicle diversion route

  • Alternative vehicle diversion route

Gipsy Patch Lane alternative vehicle diversion route

A number of pedestrian and cycling diversion routes are also available. See the Gipsy Patch Lane – pedestrian access section below.

Station Road junction closure

The Station Road junction with Gipsy Patch Lane will also remain closed to vehicles after the railway line reopens. Pedestrians and cyclists will still be able to access Station Road via Gipsy Patch Lane.

The Station Road junction closure will enable Gipsy Patch Lane to be excavated down to the required new carriageway level, for new utilities and new drainage infrastructure to be installed and for the Station Road junction to be excavated down to tie-in with Gipsy Patch Lane.

The diversion route for vehicles to reach Station Road will remain via Clay Lane and Little Stoke Lane. Please be aware that access to businesses to the southern end of Station Road is restricted by a footbridge with a height restriction of 4.2 metres.

Update – Wednesday 24 June 

The bridge move on Gipsy Patch Lane was due to take place over the Easter period but because of Coronavirus (Covid-19) and government guidance concerning social distancing Network Rail postponed the work along with a number of other schemes across the wider rail network.

Since this time Network Rail has continued to work hard behind the scenes with its stakeholders, contractor and supply chain to identify a new date when the Gipsy Patch Lane railway bridge can be manoeuvred into position.

The bridge move on Gipsy Patch Lane will now take place between Saturday 24 October and the early hours of Saturday 7 November 2020 and will take approximately 13 days to complete.

The 13 days take into consideration the extra time needed to carry out work whilst observing the current government guidelines on Coronavirus and social distancing. Network Rail are also hoping to be able to complete some of the tasks on the railway that previously would have been carried out in separate follow up shifts.

To enable the bridge replacement, which is a significant piece of engineering work, the rail line must be closed to trains for a number of days and arranging this has been a complex process that needed to take into account a range of factors, including:

  • The latest Coronavirus government guidance.
  • The availability of a wide range of critical equipment, machinery and people, including the self-propelled modular transporter (SPMT) units that will pick up and move the new bridge into position.
  • Securing local accommodation for the 150 specialist railway engineering staff that will be working on the bridge replacement.
  • Co-ordination with other railway projects requiring rail line closures elsewhere on the national rail network.
  • Consultation with Train Operating Companies and Freight Operating Companies because a closure impacts on train services, passengers and freight movements.

Gipsy Patch Lane - pedestrian access

Update – Tuesday 15 September

A footpath under the railway bridge on Gipsy Patch Lane is to close in preparation of the bridge replacement works.

The footpath, which has provided pedestrian access over the summer, will close on the morning of Monday 28 September.

When the footpath closes Network Rail will reinstate the shuttle bus service for pedestrians needing to access either side of the Gipsy Patch Lane railway bridge. This service will be free of charge and will operate for the duration of time the railway bridge is closed to pedestrians.

The shuttle bus will start operation on Monday 28 September and will run weekdays, weekends and will also be available overnight. See below for full timetable details.

A number of pedestrian and cycling diversion routes are also available.

Diversions for pedestrians and cyclists

  • Diversion route option 1 – Filton Avenue
    This route utilises the A38 and Filton Avenue and is especially suitable for cyclists who use the A4174 Ring Route cycle path.
  • Diversion route option 2 – Little Stoke Lane
    This route utilises Little Stoke Lane and the A38 and is predominantly on road.
  • Diversion route option 3 – Little Stoke Park
    Little Stoke Park can be accessed from Gipsy Patch Lane and contains shared use paths leading to a footbridge to the north of Patchway Station. A Public Right of Way can then be followed to the east of the railway to the A38.
  • Diversion route option 4 – For Patchway Train Station
    This route is for pedestrians and cyclists wanting to access Patchway Train Station and businesses along Station Road.

The footpath under the bridge was reopened to pedestrians and dismounted cyclists in April following the postponement of the bridge move.

Network Rail and Alun Griffiths need to close the footpath to allow them to continue preparations for the bridge move, which is scheduled to take place between Saturday 24 October and Saturday 7 November.

Network Rail and its contractor Alun Griffiths will be working towards re-opening a route for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists. We will update the wider community when this is available.

Shuttle Bus information

The service will operate seven days a week from Monday 28 September until further notice.

Covid-19 measures

The shuttle bus service is being operated by Stagecoach who are paying special attention to the items passengers come into contact with – handrails, bells, seats and poles – to make sure they’re regularly and thoroughly cleaned. Please remember, for passengers using the shuttle bus, the wearing of face coverings on public transport is compulsory. For the latest information as well as measures around social distancing at bus stops and on buses, click here.

Timetable between 6am and 7pm:

Gifford Crescent – on the hour and 30 minutes past the hour

Turning circle near to Pegasus Park – 15 and 45 minutes past the hour

Timetable between 7pm and 6am:

Gifford Crescent – on the hour at 7pm, 9pm, 11pm, 1am, 3am and 5am

Turning circle near to Pegasus Park – on the hour at 8pm, 10pm, midnight, 2am, 4am and 6am

Between 7pm and 6am should a passenger need transport from either side of the bridge, but they have missed a bus, they should call the operator on 0117 965 0000 who will then advise the driver accordingly.

Gipsy Patch Lane landscaping

The CPME project team is currently working on landscaping proposals for Gipsy Patch Lane for when construction work is complete.

Road widening is needed on Gipsy Patch Lane to enable the creation of a new bus lane. To make way for the construction of the bus lane the row of 20 existing lime trees on the south side of Gipsy Patch Lane needs to be removed. The timescale for removing the trees has not yet been confirmed but will be no earlier than autumn 2020.  None are planned to be removed from the north side.

The project has made a commitment to plant as many new trees and shrubs as possible to mitigate for these losses and as part of our planning for the landscaping work we need to dig a number of trial trenches along the verge.

Trial trenches

One of the things that affects where planting can occur is the location of underground utilities.  Although we have plans that show where utilities should be located, it is only when ground is dug that we can be sure of where they are. To assist us plan the planting we are going to dig 18 trial trenches along Gipsy Patch Lane to help us confirm where the utilities are. This in turn will help us understand where new trees may be planted and to ensure there is no conflict between utility pipes and cables and tree roots.

Work will start on the trial trenches from Monday 14 September and will last approximately 4 weeks. These timescales could be subject to change.

The work may involve the use of mini excavators. No trees will need to be removed for the trench work. We will refill the trenches once the investigations are complete, however, the nature of the work means that areas of grass will be damaged.

We do not anticipate that any traffic management will be required, however, there may need to be signed diversions for pedestrian and cyclist routes when some of the trenches are dug.

Hatchet Road

Update – Monday 2 November 

Work to upgrade 2 bus stops on Hatchet Road to metrobus stops is progressing well.

An initial phase of upgrades to the north-bound bus stop, near the Sandringham Road/ Ratcliffe Drive roundabout, has been completed.

Work to this stop has included:

  • Extending the platform
  • New paving
  • Installation of connections needed for the metrobus iPoint and CCTV

Work will now begin on upgrading the south-bound bus stop, outside the former Co-op store.

To enable this work the two-way temporary traffic lights will be moved along Hatchet Road. The temporary lights will continue to be used during off-peak periods only. Work to the south-bound bus stop is expected to last approximately 6 weeks. This may be subject to further change and we will continue to keep the community up to date.

During the works, the bus stop will be out of service and bus passengers will be directed to use alternative stops just a short walk along Hatchet Road.

The next stage of the upgrades will be to install new metrobus shelters at both bus stops. Due to the impact Covid-19 is having on national supply chains this work is now due to take place in the New Year.

As a temporary measure, we will be able to reuse the existing shelters on both the north and south-bound bus stops. Unfortunately, real-time information and lighting will not be available at these stops during this time.

Update – Wednesday 26 August

Hatchet Road

As part of CPME two bus stops along Hatchet Road will be upgraded to metrobus stops. The bus stops affected will be the north-bound stop near the Sandringham Road/ Ratcliffe Drive roundabout and the south-bound stop outside the former Co-op store.

The upgrades will include extending the bus stop platforms, new paving, replacing the existing shelters with new metrobus shelters and the installation of metrobus iPoints and CCTV to monitor the stops. iPoints provide travel information and allow passengers to purchase tickets before they board and plan journeys.

The new bus stops will be served by existing local bus services.

Work will begin on the upgrades on Monday 14 September and will last approximately 3 months. These dates may be subject to further change and we will continue to keep the community up to date.

The initial phase of work will involve extending the bus stop platforms, laying the new paving and installing the electrical connections needed for the iPoints and CCTV.

Traffic management

To enable the work to take place two-way temporary traffic lights will be in operation on Hatchet Road from Monday 14 September, for approximately 3 months. The temporary lights will be used during off-peak periods only.

During the works, the two bus stops affected will be out of service and bus passengers will be directed to use alternative stops just a short walk along Hatchet Road.

The alternative bus stops will be:

  • For north-bound journeys passengers should use the bus stop on the opposite side of the road to the former Co-op store.
  • For south-bound journeys passengers should use the bus stop near the Sandringham Road/ Ratcliffe Drive roundabout junction.

Alternative bus stops are also available further along Hatchet Road near to the Winterbourne Road/Gipsy Patch Lane roundabout.

iPoints and CCTV

The metrobus iPoints and the CCTV will not be installed at the Hatchet Road bus stops until just before the new metrobus service begins in 2023.

We will write to those living next to bus stops nearer the time to explain how the CCTV will operate. In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding the CCTV, please email CommunitySafetyTeam@southglos.gov.uk.

Gipsy Patch Lane closure

Gipsy Patch Lane closed at the railway bridge to all road users on Thursday 5 March. The road is expected to remain closed to vehicles until approximately July 2021.

This time frame takes into consideration the extra time needed to carry out work whilst observing the current government guidelines on Coronavirus and social distancing.

Diversions
Diversions for motorists
The diversion route takes motorists via Bradley Stoke Way and the A38.

  • Signed vehicle diversion route

Gipsy Patch Lane signed vehicle diversion route

  • Alternative vehicle diversion route

Gipsy Patch Lane alternative vehicle diversion route

Additional signage has been placed on the wider road network informing motorists of the Gipsy Patch Lane closure and advising them to use alternative routes.

Diversions for pedestrians and cyclists
There are a number of diversion route options for cyclists needing to cross the railway line, and these routes may also be used by pedestrians.

Diversions for pedestrians and cyclists

Diversion route option 1 – Filton Avenue
This route utilises the A38 and Filton Avenue and is especially suitable for cyclists who use the A4174 Ring Route cycle path.

Diversion route option 2 – Little Stoke Lane
This route utilises Little Stoke Lane and the A38 and is predominantly on road.

Diversion route option 3 – Little Stoke Park
Little Stoke Park can be accessed from Gipsy Patch Lane and contains shared use paths leading to a footbridge to the north of Patchway Station. A Public Right of Way can then be followed to the east of the railway to the A38.

Gipsy Patch Lane Route 3 pedestrian and cyclist diversion

Diversion route option 4 – For Patchway Train Station
This route is for pedestrians and cyclists wanting to access Patchway Train Station and businesses along Station Road.

Station Road closure

As part of the bridge replacement work Station Road also closed to all vehicles at its junction with Gipsy Patch Lane on Thursday 5 March 2020 .

A diversion route for vehicles, to reach Station Road via Clay Lane and Little Stoke Lane, is in operation and is fully signposted throughout the junction closure. Please be aware that access to businesses to the southern end of Station Road is restricted by a footbridge with a height restriction of 4.2 metres.

Pedestrians and cyclists will still be able to access Station Road via Gipsy Patch Lane during the closure.

All businesses on and near Station Road, including Patchway Train Station and the Sort It Centre, remain open as normal.

San Andreas roundabout

Update – 4 February

As part of the Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension (CPME) work has started this week at the San Andreas roundabout, Cribbs Causeway. The San Andreas roundabout is at the junction of Hayes Way and Highwood Road with Merlin Road.

The work taking place will include the construction of a new bus only road link, which will connect the roundabout and the Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood, on the former airfield site.

The roundabout will change shape to accommodate this new junction, will become signal controlled and new toucan and pedestrian crossings will also be added.

To enable work to be carried out there will be off-peak lane closures for approximately 12 months.

We apologise for any inconvenience this work may cause and thank you for your patience.

Answers to your questions

CPME new construction programme

When will the construction work for the CPME project be completed?

Construction is due to be completed by early 2023.

Why has the programme been updated?

The wider CPME programme has been updated due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The rescheduling of the bridge replacement work on Gipsy Patch Lane to late October/November 2020 and the need to follow stringent social distancing measures, which means tasks now take longer to complete, have influenced the new timescales.

These dates and timeframes may be subject to further change and we will continue to keep the community up to date.

When will the road widening on Gipsy Patch Lane take place and how long will it last?

Construction work for the road widening will begin west of bridge in August 2021 and will take approximately 9 months to complete. The construction work east of bridge (the residential side) will start in October 2021 and will take approximately 14 months to complete. During these construction activities traffic management measures will continue to be in place on Gipsy Patch Lane and we will keep the wider community updated on this nearer the time.

Why couldn’t this be done sooner whilst the roads were quiet?

The planned road widening work, which will make way for a new bus lane, will involve the removal of trees and shrubs on the south side of Gipsy Patch Lane. The removal of trees cannot take place during bird nesting season, which runs between March and September, so we have been unable to start this phase of work during this time.

Priority is also being given to completing the bridge replacement work and the subsequent road lowering at the bridge before other major construction activity along Gipsy Patch Lane begins.

When will work take place on Hatchet Road?

Work on the Hatchet Road bus stops will begin in September 2020.

Why is the work at San Andreas taking longer to complete?

The work taking place at San Andreas roundabout, Cribbs Causeway, is due to be complete in March 2021. The Coronavirus pandemic has had implications for the project’s supply chain and government guidance on social distancing has meant some tasks have taken longer to complete, which has added time to this work.

Bridge replacement update

When will the new bridge be moved into place?

The bridge move on Gipsy Patch Lane will now take place between Saturday 24 October and the early hours of Saturday 7 November and will take approximately 13 days to complete. These dates and timeframes may be subject to further change and we will continue to keep the community up to date.

Why can’t it happen sooner?

Network Rail has continued to work hard behind the scenes with its stakeholders, contractor and supply chain to identify a date when the new Gipsy Patch Lane railway bridge can be manoeuvred into position.

To enable the bridge replacement, which is a significant piece of engineering work, the rail line must be closed to trains for a number of days and arranging this has been a complex process that needed to take into account a range of factors, including:

The latest Covid-19 government guidance, and how this is incorporated into existing safety guidance for working on the railway, and with heavy machinery.

The Project Team needs to plan this as a 24/7 activity over the period of  closure of the railway; taking account of preparatory works and ensuring staff are well rested in advance of and during the works so that they do not suffer from fatigue.

A wide range of critical equipment, machinery and people needs to be available to undertake the work and most of this is from a limited national and international resource pool which is in constant demand.  This includes the self-propelled modular transporter (SPMT) units that will pick up and move the new bridge into position, cranes, overhead line and signal testers and other very specialist skill sets. Network Rail is working closely with their supply chain and needs to be sure that all of the equipment, machinery and people needed is available so that it can be booked.

Around 150 specialist railway engineering staff will be working on the bridge replacement. Engagement with the companies supplying these staff needs to take place to ensure they are available later in the year without adversely impacting other infrastructure projects.  Many of these staff will also be travelling from other parts of the country, therefore local accommodation needs to be available and booked for them to stay.

Co-ordination with other railway projects requiring rail line closures elsewhere on the national rail network as some sections of the rail line cannot be closed at the same time.

Train Operating Companies and Freight Operating Companies need to be consulted in agreeing the date because a closure impacts on train services, passengers and freight movements.  The operators have to make alternative arrangements such as diversions or bus rail replacement services.

Network Rail and its contractor are undertaking as much work as they can prior to the bridge move and are investigating whether some work that was not due to be carried out until after the new bridge is in place can take place sooner.

How long will the bridge replacement work take?

The bridge move will take approximately 13 days to complete. During this time all rail overhead line equipment must be dismantled and removed along with the track, the old bridge will be demolished, the new bridge will be moved and secured into place and the rail overhead line equipment and track will be put back into place.

The 13 days take into consideration the extra time needed to carry out work whilst observing the current government guidelines on Coronavirus and social distancing.

Network Rail are also hoping to be able to complete some of the tasks on the railway that previously would have been completed in separate follow up shifts.

Why was the bridge move postponed?

Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus pandemic Network Rail had no choice but to postpone the bridge replacement work at Easter, along with a number of other schemes across the wider rail network. This was due to the need to comply with government guidelines on social distancing.

The installation of the new bridge is a significant piece of engineering work that requires approximately 150 skilled workers to be on site at one time, the majority of whom would be working in a constrained area. This would have made the government guidelines at the time concerning working on construction sites extremely difficult to comply with, particularly with regard to social distancing and maintaining two metres between workers. The safety of workers and preventing the spread of Coronavirus was paramount.

Will you reopen Gipsy Patch Lane until the bridge move takes place?

Gipsy Patch Lane and the junction with Station Road will remain closed to vehicles.

It is not possible to reopen the road fully to all road users prior to the bridge move because of the extent of work that has already been completed. The road closure also needs to remain in place whilst Network Rail and Alun Griffiths continue with preparatory and highways work such as the creation of the SPMT roadway.

When will Gipsy Patch Lane reopen to vehicles?

Gipsy Patch Lane and the junction with Station Road will need to remain closed until approximately July 2021.

These closures need stay in place until after the bridge move is complete and the road beneath the bridge has been lowered to meet national design standards for new bridges.

This new timeframe takes into consideration the extra time needed to carry out work whilst observing the current government guidelines on Coronavirus and social distancing.

Will the footpath under the Gipsy Patch Lane railway bridge remain open?

The footpath under the railway bridge on Gipsy Patch Lane, which has provided access to pedestrians and cyclists over the summer, will close on the morning of Monday 28 September. The closure is in preparation of the bridge replacement works.

When the footpath closes Network Rail will reinstate the shuttle bus service for pedestrians needing to access either side of the Gipsy Patch Lane railway bridge. This service will be free of charge and will operate for the duration of time the railway bridge is closed to pedestrians.

The shuttle bus will start operation on Monday 28 September and will run weekdays, weekends and will also be available overnight.

A number of pedestrian and cycling diversion routes are also available during the closure.

Network Rail and its contractor Alun Griffiths will be working towards re-opening a route for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists. We will update the wider community when this is available.

What work have you been able to do on Gipsy Patch Lane while awaiting a new date for the bridge move?

Network Rail, and its contractors Alun Griffiths, have remained on site at Gipsy Patch Lane completing work that they are able to do whilst complying with government guidelines. This has included:

  • Trenching works to relocate (lower) some utilities – this was due to take place after the bridge move.
  • Preparation of the SPMT roadway – this was due to be completed in time for the Easter bridge move but work slowed due to social distancing requirements.
  • Removal of sheet piling from the foundations of the new bridge.
  • Waterproofing of new bridge.

The scheme

Why is the extension routed along Hatchet Road and not Great Stoke Way and Winterbourne Road?
One of the key aims of the Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension is to provide a direct link between The Mall, the Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood development on the former Filton Airfield (including the Filton Enterprise Area), Horizon 38 and Bristol Parkway station, offering access to inter-city services as well as local services. Hatchet Road provides the shortest, quickest route for metrobus to get to/from Parkway station and will allow residents adjacent to Hatchet Road to easily access metrobus services.

Why was the Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension not included in the original North Fringe to Hengrove metrobus plans?
When the North Fringe to Hengrove metrobus scheme was prepared and the funding bid submitted to the Government, Filton Airfield was still in operation. Since then, the airfield closure was announced by its owners and the site, known as the Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood, was allocated for re-development by South Gloucestershire Council. This is why the Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension route is not currently included on all diagrams of the wider metrobus network.

Why aren’t you providing bus lanes in both directions along the whole of the route?
Bus lanes have been included where they are needed most and the proposed scheme has been designed to encourage people to use sustainable forms of travel and to deliver the most efficient bus routes.

Will other vehicles be permitted to use the bus lanes?
Like other bus lanes in South Gloucestershire, it is proposed that the bus lanes will be for use by metrobus services, other bus services, taxis, cyclists and emergency vehicles only. The Traffic Regulation Orders covering these are subject to consultation and will be confirmed at a later date.

Bridge build

Why is the bridge being replaced?
A new, wider railway bridge and the widening of Gipsy Patch Lane is necessary to deliver the approved bus lanes and shared use paths as part of the Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension (CPME). Proposals for the new bridge are wide enough to include a shared use path on both sides of the road, a general traffic lane and a bus lane in each direction underneath the bridge. These measures are designed to encourage people to use more sustainable transport options and will benefit road users by relieving the pinch point in traffic flow at the railway bridge, reducing traffic queuing, improving metrobus and other local bus journey times, and improving facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.

How much investment does it represent?
The whole CPME scheme, including the replacement of the Gipsy Patch Lane railway bridge, will cost approximately £57 million. The cost of the project is funded by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) and by the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership through the Local Growth Fund.

Why is the new bridge being built in a different place?
The new railway bridge is being built within the construction compound in the Horizon 38 Business Park, adjacent to Gipsy Patch Lane. Fabricating the new bridge off site reduces the time needed for the road and railway closures.

Does the new bridge need temporary foundations whilst it is being built?
It needs temporary foundation in the form of mass filled concrete trenches.

How long will it take to build the new bridge?
It will take approximately 18 weeks to build the new bridge.

How deep are the foundations for the new bridge?
The new railway bridge will have piled foundations to a depth of 25 metres.

What is the new bridge made of?
The new bridge will be made of reinforced concrete. The structure is described as a concrete portal frame.

How will you move the new bridge?
The bridge will be moved via a 176-axle SPMT (self-propelled modular transport unit). These are large pieces of equipment with a flat bed, wheels and hydraulic capabilities, which will lift the bridge into position from underneath the deck. SPMTs are used for moving large objects, like bridges.

How heavy is the new bridge?
The new railway bridge will weigh approximately 4,260 tonnes.

How high and how wide is the new bridge?
The external width of the bridge is 27.6m and the height to the top of the parapets from foundation level is 9.7m high.

Will the road be able to support the new bridge whilst it is moved into place?
Yes it will, the services below the road surface however require additional protection before the SPMT can travel over them. This work will start in March 2020 when the road will be closed.

Could damage be caused to utility supplies in the area when the bridge is moved?
As part of the preparatory work that has been taking place on Gipsy Patch Lane most utilities around the railway bridge have been diverted. For those that will be left in place we will be protecting them before we carry the bridge over them with the SPMT.

How long will it take to move the new bridge into place?
Just the physical move of the bridge will take 3 to 5 hours. However, other work associated with the bridge move will take up to 13 days. This includes preparatory works, removal of the railway assets, excavation of 18,000 tonnes of embankment, demolition and the backfilling of the bridge and reinstatement of the railway and its assets.

Is there enough room on Gipsy Patch Lane to move the new bridge into place?
Yes, Network Rail and their contractors Alun Griffiths, have carried out design work to ensure this and the design work has been checked both independently and by Network Rail.

Can we watch the new bridge being moved into place?
Network Rail and their contractors Alun Griffiths will be making provisions for this. Details will follow closer to the time. 

Piling

What is piling?
Piling is the driving of deep foundations into the ground to give extra support to the structure on top.

Who can I contact if I have an issue during the piling work?
Network Rail have a 24-hour helpline number you can call during the piling work 03457 11 41 41.

Why is piling needed on Gipsy Patch Lane?
The new railway bridge on Gipsy Patch Lane will weigh approximately 4,260 tonnes with piled foundations to a depth of 25 metres. These are the most appropriate type of support for such a significant structure when considering the ground conditions in the area and that the bridge needs to remain fit for purpose for up to 125 years.

Where will the piling take place?
Piling will be required at the four corners of the new railway bridge, parallel to each abutment wall.

Will the piling be noisy?
Yes, the piling work will be noisy and will likely cause disturbance. We will work to minimise the disruption and will put in place a number of noise mitigation measures such as working daytime hours for the majority of the three months and sound barriers will be put in place around the piling equipment.

Will you monitor the noise during the work?
Yes, throughout the piling works the noise levels will be monitored to ensure they do not exceed levels agreed with the Environmental Health Officer.

What measures are being put in place to minimise the noise?
We will work to minimise the disruption and will put in place a number of noise mitigation measures such as working daytime hours for the majority of the three months and sound barriers will be put in place around the piling equipment.

Gipsy Patch Lane

Will the whole road be closed?
From early 2020, Gipsy Patch Lane will be closed at the railway bridge. The rest of the road will be open but there may be some traffic management at different times during the work.

Can the work be done any quicker so that there is less disruption?
We know that the traffic management will cause disruption to the travelling public, local residents and businesses and all opportunities for reducing the duration of construction have been taken.

These include:

  • The replacement railway bridge will be pre-fabricated offsite and then manoeuvred into position during a temporary closure of the railway line. We have invested in a large site compound to facilitate this. This action has reduced the on-site construction time significantly in comparison to constructing the bridge in situ on the highway.
  • The demolition of the existing bridge and the manoeuvring of the new bridge into position during a railway closure of up to 13 days will be undertaken under 24 hour working to minimise the duration of the most disruptive work.

Any further opportunities to reduce the duration of the work will be fully explored on an on going basis, taking into account site safety and consideration for our neighbours.

Why does the road under the Gipsy Patch Lane railway bridge have to be lowered?
There are national design standards that must be complied with whenever a new bridge is built. These standards include how much headroom is required under a new bridge. The headroom under the existing bridge is sub-standard. It is not possible to raise the bridge because of the railway line, so in order to comply with the standards for a new bridge, the only option is to lower the road.

San Andreas roundabout

What roadworks are happening at the San Andreas roundabout on Hayes Way and when?
A new bus only road link will be added onto the south of the existing San Andreas roundabout.  This will require work to elongate the roundabout and install new signalling including signal controlled crossings for pedestrians and cyclists.  The work is programmed to start early 2020.

Will the San Andreas roundabout work result in any traffic disruption?
Yes. A significant level of traffic management will be required at the San Andreas roundabout for extended periods during these roadworks. We will publicise this in advance to ensure that the travelling public are aware.

Hatchet Road

What are you doing?

As part of CPME two bus stops along Hatchet Road will be upgraded to metrobus stops.

The upgrades will include extending the bus stop platforms, new paving, replacing the existing shelters with new metrobus shelters and the installation of metrobus iPoints and CCTV to monitor the stops. iPoints provide travel information and allow passengers to purchase tickets before they board and plan journeys.

The initial phase of work will involve extending the bus stop platforms, laying the new paving and installing the electrical connections needed for the iPoints and CCTV.

Which bus stops are being upgraded?

The bus stops affected will be the north-bound stop near the Sandringham Road/ Ratcliffe Drive roundabout and the south-bound stop outside the former Co-op store.

When will the work begin and how long will it last?

The work will begin on Monday 14 September and last approximately 3 months. These dates may be subject to further change and we will continue to keep the community up to date.

Will there be any traffic management?

To enable the work to take place two-way temporary traffic lights will be in operation on Hatchet Road from Monday 14 September, for approximately 3 months. The temporary lights will be used during off-peak periods only.

Where can I catch a bus during the work?

During the works, the two bus stops affected will be out of service and bus passengers will be directed to use alternative stops just a short walk along Hatchet Road.

The alternative bus stops will be:

  • For north-bound journeys passengers should use the bus stop on the opposite side of the road to the former Co-op store.
  • For south-bound journeys passengers should use the bus stop near the Sandringham Road/ Ratcliffe Drive roundabout junction.

Alternative bus stops are also available further along Hatchet Road near to the Winterbourne Road/Gipsy Patch Lane roundabout.

Why are you installing CCTV?

Cameras will be installed at metrobus stops to ensure the safety and security of passengers using the facilities, especially buying tickets using the iPoints. Good quality evidence collection protects the safety of our communities, and supports our overarching aim to keep South Gloucestershire a great place to live and work.

The privacy of residents living nearby has been considered as part of this work. As a result, we will be configuring these cameras to ensure that the surrounding residential addresses are not captured by the scope of the cameras.

The metrobus iPoints and the CCTV will not be installed at the bus stops until just before the new metrobus service begins in 2023.

We will write to those living next to bus stops nearer the time to explain how the CCTV will operate.

If you have any questions regarding the CCTV, please email CommunitySafetyTeam@southglos.gov.uk.

Are you continuing with other roadwork schemes in the area at the same time?

Our major roadworks schemes and maintenance programmes have continued to run with some schemes being brought forward while roads are quieter.

For more information on all roadworks, please visit https://www.southglos.gov.uk/transport-and-streets/streets/roads-road-works/

Local residents and business owners

Will access to properties and side roads be maintained during the work?
Yes, access to properties and side roads will be maintained although there may be some disruption to the access to Station Road at times – we are working to confirm this and will publicise further information when it is available.

Will my bins still be emptied?
Yes, waste and recycling collections will continue as normal.

How are you going to stop vehicles cutting through unsuitable streets?
We are undertaking traffic surveys and using available traffic data to understand where most Gipsy Patch Lane users travel to and from. This will help us to plan the most appropriate diversion routes and discourage road users from taking unsuitable routes. We will promote and sign these routes to encourage the travelling public to use them and we will be working with major local employers to encourage considerate commuting.

How are you going to deal with any possible increases in commuter parking in nearby residential areas during the full closure?
Additional parking enforcement patrols will be made in the area. We are also working with local employers to encourage considerate commuting and parking.

I run a business on the route, will you pay compensation for any loss of earnings during the work?
The general rule is that there is no automatic or statutory provision for compensation to be payable by the highway authority if a business is affected by roadworks.

There is however, potential relief from business rates available if business premises are affected by severe local disruption.

The Government’s website contains information regarding claiming for a business rates reduction in the form of hardship relief: www.gov.uk/apply-for-business-rate-relief/hardship-relief

Our website also contains information on how to apply for hardship relief: www.southglos.gov.uk/business/business-rates/businessrates-reductions/financial-hardship-relief/

There may also be the potential to make a claim under Part 1 of the Land Compensation Act 1973 for depreciation caused by use of public works. Claims made under this Act cannot be made until one year after the work is completed.

Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians

How are you going to help people travel more sustainably during the work?

Disruption to our journeys can be frustrating, but they can also be an opportunity to try new ways of getting around. Access West is a project which can help you find alternative ways to make your journey, such as through active travel like walking or cycling, or by public transport. During these roadworks, Access West will be offering a range of services such as journey planning, loan bikes, and cycle and motorcycle safety training. Visit the Travelwest website to find out more about the support and offers that are available.

The Access West team will be contacting businesses in the area to offer support during these roadworks. Visit Travelwest.info or contact the team directly at transport.policy@southglos.gov.uk to find out more.

Access West also supports Wheels to Work, a scheme which can help you with travel to interviews, training and work. To find out more about what this scheme offers and whether you are eligible, please visit the Wheels to Work pages on the Travelwest website.

You can also contact the team to discuss your journey needs and the support that is available to you. Email: transport.policy@southglos.gov.uk

What will the diversion routes be during the road closures?
There are many factors that we need to take into account when planning for diversions whenever there is a road closure including safety, capacity, suitability of alternative routes and other roadworks needed in the area. We are also working with Highways England, who are responsible for the motorway network, to consider diverting through-traffic away from the area if possible.

We will use collected data and lessons learned during the June 2019 closure to inform which diversion route is used in the future.

Will access for pedestrians and cyclists be maintained during the closures?
During the full closure in 2020, the highway under the bridge will be closed to all users including pedestrians and cyclists. Alternative routes will be signposted but these are likely to be relatively long and we recognise the inconvenience that this will cause for many. We will continue to investigate ways to reduce the amount of time that the closures will be in place in order to minimise the disruption for pedestrians and cyclists.

Will widening roads to build new bus lanes make it harder for pedestrians to cross the road? Will it isolate local communities?
The scheme aims to improve the environment for all users – pedestrians, cyclists and vehicle traffic and to provide safe routes that keep communities joined together. The widening of Gipsy Patch Lane is to enable the addition of bus lanes and cycle/pedestrian paths in order to encourage sustainable transport and reduce congestion. New bus lanes will not be used by general traffic and existing crossing facilities will be retained.

Why are new/wider paths for pedestrians and cyclists being proposed when there are already shared use paths in the area?
Any successful and well planned pedestrian and cycling network should maximise route choice. We are working to provide a mix of route types and choices for cyclists and pedestrians that maximise convenience and safety.

General information

Are you consulting on the scheme?
The main consultation phase on the design of the scheme has ended. We consulted on design proposals from November 2015 to January 2016. Visit our consultation website for further information. Consultation was also undertaken on the planning applications for the scheme from March to June 2018. There will be consultation on the Traffic Regulation Orders required for enforcing the bus lanes when these are advertised.

Who will be carrying out the work?
South Gloucestershire Council’s Streetcare division will be undertaking the roadworks at the San Andreas roundabout on Hayes Way and along Gipsy Patch Lane other than the replacement of the railway bridge and the lowering of the highway under the bridge which will be undertaken by a contractor on behalf of Network Rail.

Won’t building new bus lanes create more congestion?
No, the new bus lanes will be in addition to the existing road space and will not therefore reduce capacity for general traffic.

Will trees and hedges have to be removed to make way for the scheme?
To provide the approved bus lanes and improved paths, we will need to widen the highway on Gipsy Patch Lane which is not possible without removing some of the trees and hedges. However, wherever possible, we will plant as many new trees and shrubs as required to mitigate for these losses.

Will wildlife be affected?
A series of habitat and species surveys have been undertaken and we will be complying with a number of conditions placed on the planning permissions to ensure that any impacts on wildlife are minimised and that any disturbance is mitigated.

What about air quality along the route?
Metrobus vehicles are expected to be modern, low carbon emission vehicles. We anticipate that the scheme will provide an overall improvement to air quality along the route by reducing traffic congestion and encouraging more people to use public transport.

Will you be compulsory purchasing any land?
A number of parcels of land on the CPME route that are owned by other parties are needed to enable construction. We are actively working to acquire all of these parcels by negotiation with landowners, however we have compulsory purchase powers as a last resort if negotiation fails. Because the compulsory purchase process is long we have started it to ensure that we keep to programme if any negotiation does fail.

Are you undertaking traffic camera surveys?
We undertook a survey during March 2019 using cameras to help us understand traffic movements in the area. We may use cameras for this purpose at other times during the project too. Cameras will not be angled to record individuals or towards any private property.

The council will use recorded data to determine journey times and the number of vehicles travelling between the points. This will help us to plan diversion routes and traffic management in the area during the CPME construction work. The cameras will not be used for any kind of enforcement and surveys will be undertaken in accordance with the principles of the Data Protection Act

What is happening to the pill box next to the railway bridge?
The pill box needs to be dismantled and removed to make way for the new bridge. Prior to it being removed we are undertaking a recording exercise to include on the council’s Historic Environment Record. We are also working to find a new home for the dismantled pill box.

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