The Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension (CPME) is a new bus route between Bristol Parkway Station and The Mall at Cribbs Causeway for a new metrobus service. It also provides improved walking and cycling routes.

The scheme is forecast to cost approximately £47.2 million. It has been funded by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) and by the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership through the Local Growth Fund.

The new bus route will encourage more people to use public transport, helping to reduce traffic on our roads.

The route

Map of the Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension route

What we have built

We have:

  • built a new 4,260-tonne concrete railway bridge on Gipsy Patch Lane to replace the old narrow bridge that caused a traffic pinch point
  • widened Gipsy Patch Lane for new bus lanes in both directions
  • installed modern metrobus stops at Parkway Station and along Hatchet Road and Gipsy Patch Lane
  • built new shared-use paths along Gipsy Patch Lane and at the San Andreas roundabout at Cribbs Causeway, for safer routes for pedestrians and cyclists
  • installed traffic signals and toucan crossings at the San Andreas roundabout, to make the junction safer for pedestrians and cyclists, and improve traffic flow
  • built a new road link at the San Andreas roundabout, for a sustainable transport route into the new Cribbs Patchway Neighbourhood Network (CPNN) development

Construction work at the railway bridge was carried out by Network Rail and its contractors Alun Griffiths and Balfour Beatty.

All other construction work for the project, including the road widening along Gipsy Patch Lane and the improvements to the San Andreas roundabout, was completed by us.

You can watch a time-lapse video of works at the railway bridge on Gipsy Patch Lane.

m4 metrobus service

The new m4 metrobus service started running on 22 January 2023.

This service operates between The Mall and Bristol City Centre, via Stoke Gifford, Bristol Parkway Station and UWE Frenchay.

It serves communities in Patchway and Stoke Gifford, and also towards Bristol City Centre. It will also eventually serve the new Bristol Arena and Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood (CPNN) on the former Filton Airfield.

The m4 service runs:

  • from early morning to late evening on weekdays, with a later start and earlier finish at weekends
  • every 20 minutes Monday to Saturday, and every 30 minutes on Sundays and bank holidays

The service is run by First Bus on behalf of the West of England Combined Authority, the Transport Authority.

For the route and latest timetable, visit the Travelwest website.

Land Compensation Act 1973 (Part 1)

In certain cases, properties can depreciate in value due to physical factors arising from public works. Property owners and occupiers may be entitled to claim compensation. This is called a ‘Part 1 claim’.

More information and guidance on compensation when a road affects your property’s value is available on GOV.UK.

You cannot make a claim until one year after the works were opened to public traffic. This was 25 April 2022 when Gipsy Patch Lane was re-opened to two-way traffic.

If you think you may be eligible you should arrange your own representation for further advice on how and when to make a claim.

Noise assessment

We have conducted a noise assessment which has found that this scheme has not resulted in noise levels being high enough for any households on or near Gipsy Patch Lane to be eligible for home noise insulation.

You can read the noise assessment’s non-technical summary, which explains how this conclusion has been reached, and the full technical report.

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