Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension
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.
In June 2019 the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) and the West of England Joint Committee approved more than £56 million investment for the Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension.
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:
- San Andreas roundabout
- Gipsy Patch Lane railway bridge
- Gipsy Patch Lane highways works and Hatchet Road bus stops
A number of milestones have already been achieved for the Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension but the main construction work is programmed to start from summer 2019 and is due to last until early 2022.
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.
- Summer 2019 – Preliminary works start on Gipsy Patch Lane
- Autumn/winter 2019 – Vegetation clearance at San Andreas roundabout and on Hatchet Road
- Early 2020 – Construction begins at San Andreas roundabout and on Hatchet Road
- Spring 2020 – Gipsy Patch Lane closure for bridge construction (approximately 8 months)
- Winter 2020 – Gipsy Patch Lane reopens
- Early 2021 – Works on Gipsy Patch Lane (west of the bridge)
- 2022 – Construction complete
Work completed so far:
- 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 £56m investment for the Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension
Latest project news
Keeping you informed
Traffic management on Gipsy Patch Lane
Update – 13 September 2019
The three-way temporary traffic lights at the railway bridge on Gipsy Patch Lane are to remain in place for at least a further week. Contractors are currently installing crossings on Gipsy Patch Lane as part of preparation works for the bridge replacement next year. The extension to the temporary lights is needed to enable additional work to lower a utility cable.
Safety is paramount and given the limited space around the railway bridge the temporary lights help protect workers and members of the public whilst this work is completed.
This additional work will not affect the project’s timetable.
The temporary lights will only operate Monday to Friday during off-peak hours and pedestrians and cyclists will continue to be able to pass under the railway bridge. Cyclists may be asked to dismount.
Once this work is completed the temporary traffic lights will be replaced with automated Stop/Go boards on Gipsy Patch Lane. These will only be used as needed when workers and machinery from the construction site need to safely cross Gipsy Patch Lane. Their use will be kept to a minimum and as far as possible will be kept to off-peak times.
All shops and businesses on and near Gipsy Patch Lane will be open as normal.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your continued patience. We will continue to keep local residents, commuters and businesses up to date on the project.
From Monday 2nd September temporary three-way traffic lights will be in operation on Gipsy Patch Lane at the railway bridge. These will be in place for up to two weeks. Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to pass under the railway bridge during the operation of the three-way traffic lights. Cyclists may be asked to dismount.
After this period automated Stop/Go boards will be used as needed on Gipsy Patch Lane. These will only be used when workers and machinery from the construction site need to safely cross Gipsy Patch Lane, their use will be kept to a minimum and as far as possible will be kept to off-peak times.
All shops and businesses on and near Gipsy Patch Lane will be open as normal.
The construction work will also include an approximate eight-month closure of Gipsy Patch Lane, due to start in early 2020, to enable the replacement of the railway bridge and the associated road works. We will update the community on this nearer the time. Further traffic management will then continue on Gipsy Patch during the rest of 2020 and into 2022.
We understand that this work 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 everyone that we are doing everything we can to minimise disruption to residents, businesses and road users.
As part of the Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension, work on Gipsy Patch Lane will include replacing the railway bridge with a wider bridge to create room for new bus lanes in each direction and shared use cycle and pedestrian pathways, as well as general traffic lanes.
The current bridge creates a traffic bottleneck causing queues on Gipsy Patch Lane. The new bridge will relieve this known pinch point, improve bus journey times, as well as improve facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.
South Gloucestershire Council, Network Rail and Alun Griffiths Contractors are working together 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.
From early September 2019 preparation works will begin for the bridge’s replacement.
This will include the following:
- Continuing work on establishing a construction site in the Horizon 38 Business Park next to the railway bridge. This is where the new bridge will be constructed before it is moved into position during Easter 2020. The construction site will also be used for offices, equipment storage and parking for workers involved with the project.
- Further clearance of trees and shrubs will take place around the existing bridge, including the removal of the large trees outside Pegasus Park. The pill box will also be dismantled and removed.
- Preparation for foundation works at the four corners of the new bridge and the installation of dropped kerbs for temporary crossing points on Gipsy Patch Lane.
- Piling works will need to be carried out from October to construct the new bridge’s foundations. This will be noisy and we will work to minimise the disruption caused. We will write to you again with further details before they start.
Answers to your questions
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.
Gipsy Patch Lane
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.
- 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 12 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.
Hatchet Road and the San Andreas roundabout
Roadworks will be required on Hatchet Road to upgrade two existing bus stops to become metrobus specification bus stops. Work is programmed to start in autumn/winter 2019 and to be completed in spring 2020 on the two bus stops nearest to the roundabout connecting with Ratcliffe Drive and Sandringham Road.
Will the work to upgrade the two bus stops on Hatchet Road result in any traffic disruption?
Some traffic management will be required during this work but this is likely to be limited to temporary traffic lights during off-peak hours. Further information will be made available prior to the work starting.
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 commence in late 2019 and to be completed in winter 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.
Local residents and business owners
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com
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 there be disruption to train services during the Gipsy Patch Lane work?
The railway at the bridge will be closed for up to 12 days in Easter 2020 when the new bridge is put into position. There will be several other shorter railway closures before and after the Easter 2020 closure too. Train diversions will be in place during these periods which will be confirmed by train operating companies in advance.
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.
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.