Gipsy Patch Lane will be closed at the railway bridge to all road users from Thursday 5 March for approximately eight months. More information

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 £57 million investment for the Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension.

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

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.

CPME construction programme October 2019 - a gant chart showing timescales of programme between July 2019 and June 2022.

CPME construction programme October 2019

Future work:

  • Spring 2020 – Gipsy Patch Lane closure for bridge construction (approximately 8 months)
  • Autumn 2020 – Works on Gipsy Patch Lane (east of the bridge)
  • Winter 2020 – Gipsy Patch Lane reopens
  • Early 2021 – Works on Gipsy Patch Lane (west of the bridge)
  • 2022 – Construction complete

Work completed so far:

  • 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

Gipsy Patch Lane closure

Gipsy Patch Lane will be closed at the railway bridge to all road users from Thursday 5 March for approximately eight months. However, Network Rail and its contractor Alun Griffiths will be working towards re-opening a route for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists beneath the new bridge as soon as possible. We will update the wider community when this is available.

This closure is needed so the new wider railway bridge can be moved into place and for the associated roadworks to be completed.

The new wider bridge will provide 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 pinch point, allowing for reliable bus journey times, as well as providing improvements for pedestrians, cyclists and private vehicles.

All shops and businesses on and near Gipsy Patch Lane will be open as normal.

Rail closure
To enable the new bridge to be moved into place the railway will need to be closed between Saturday 11 April and Sunday 19 April. During this time, train services between Bristol and South Wales will be amended, with buses replacing trains between Bristol Parkway and Newport. Some trains will be diverted adding extra time to journeys, while others will stop short of their usual final destination.

Further information will be available soon. Please check before you travel at www.nationalrail.co.uk or www.GWR.com/Bristol.

Work being carried out during the remainder of the eight-month road closure 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.

Station Road closure

As part of the bridge replacement work Station Road will also need to be closed to all vehicles at its junction with Gipsy Patch Lane from Thursday 5 March 2020 for approximately eight months.

The 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.

A diversion route for vehicles, to reach Station Road via Clay Lane and Little Stoke Lane, will be in operation and will be 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, will be open as normal.

Diversions
Diversions for motorists
When the full closure of Gipsy Patch Lane starts additional signs will be put out onto the local road network to sign the diversion route. The diversion route will take 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 will also be 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.

Temporary Footbridge
A temporary footbridge will be created to the southern end of Station Road, near to its junction with Gipsy Patch Lane, during Station Road’s closure. This will provide pedestrian and cyclist access to Patchway Train Station and businesses along Station Road.

Shuttle Bus
During the closure of Gipsy Patch Lane Network Rail will operate a shuttle bus for pedestrians needing access either side of the bridge.

The shuttle bus will start operation on Thursday 5 March at 6am.

The pick-up/drop off points will be at the existing bus stop on Gifford Crescent, on the east of the bridge, and at the turning circle on Gipsy Patch Lane next to the entrance to Pegasus Park, on the west of the bridge.

The service will run every 30 minutes between 6am and 7pm and once an hour between 7pm and 6am. The service will operate seven days a week.

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

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

Between 7pm and 6am when the shuttle bus is not in use it will wait on the east side of the bridge (Gifford Crescent). However, should a passenger need transport during this time from the west side of the bridge they should call the operator on 0117 965 0000 who will then advise the driver accordingly.

This service will be free of charge and will operate for the duration of time the railway bridge is closed to pedestrians and cyclists.

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.

Piling work

Update – 10 January

As part of the preparation work piling is needed to construct the bridge’s foundations. Piling, which is the process of driving a foundation into the ground to give extra support to the structure on top, has been taking place near to the existing railway bridge since early November.

Until now the majority of the piling has been carried out during the day, however, Network Rail and their contractor Alun Griffiths have experienced unforeseen and challenging ground conditions during the piling work. To make sure the programme remains on track to meet the rail line possession over Easter, the increased working hours will need to remain in place. Working over the winter also has significant risks, for example for every day of snow it will take two days to catch up and we therefore need to continue to allow for this eventuality in the programme of works by increasing the working hours.

From Monday 6 January, for approximately eight weeks, Network Rail and their contractors Alun Griffiths will be working the following shifts:

  • 7.30am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday
  • 5pm – 3am Monday to Friday
  • 8am – 5pm Saturday and Sunday  

Work to be carried out will include piling and the construction of the new bridge in the Horizon 38 compound.

Network Rail and their contractors Alun Griffiths will put in place a number of noise mitigation measures such as sound barriers around the piling equipment. Noise and vibration levels will also continue to be monitored by the council’s Environmental Health Team.

If you have any questions regarding the piling work on Gipsy Patch Lane please call the Network Rail 24-hour helpline on 03457 11 41 41.

Update – 11 December

Please be aware that work, including piling, will be taking place at the railway bridge on Gipsy Patch Lane this Saturday 14 December and Sunday 15 December, between the hours of 8am and 5pm. These additional days are to enable Network Rail and their contractors Alun Griffiths to continue work on building the new railway bridge and its foundations.

If you have any questions regarding the piling work on Gipsy Patch Lane please call the Network Rail 24-hour helpline on 03457 11 41 41.

Update – 22 November

Overnight piling work is now due to start on Monday 2 December.

This first phase of overnight piling work will last for four nights from Monday 2 December to Thursday 5 December, between 6pm and 3am.

There will be up to 18 nights of piling work but this will not run consecutively and will be carried out in phases. We will publicise the dates of future overnight work on the CPME website and via social media.

Noise and vibration will be monitored throughout the work and we will make adjustments if necessary. We are working with Network Rail and their contractors to minimise the disruption and have put in place a number of noise mitigation measures such as sound barriers around the piling equipment.

Should you have an urgent enquiry during any of the piling work please call the Network Rail 24-hour helpline number on 03457 11 41 41.

Update – 6 November

Due to the sensitive nature of the work carried out by businesses close to the railway bridge some of the piling will have to be done overnight or during weekends. Overnight work is expected to start from Wednesday 20 November. There will be up to 18 nights of piling work from this date but this will not run consecutively and will be carried out in phases.

The first phase of overnight work is due to take place for three nights from Wednesday 20 November to Friday 22 November, between 6pm and 3am, and on Monday 25 November, between 6pm and 3am.

We will publicise the dates of future overnight work on this page and via social media.

If weekend work is required this will only take place on Saturday mornings between 8am and 1pm.

These dates are subject to change. Noise and vibration will be monitored throughout the work and we will make adjustments if necessary. We will keep you updated throughout the piling work and notify you of any changes to the planned work.

Please be aware there are currently no plans to carry out piling work on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day.

August 2019

As part of the preparation work for the new railway bridge on Gipsy Patch Lane piling is needed to construct its foundations.

Piling is the process of driving a foundation into the ground to give extra support to the structure on top.

The new railway bridge on Gipsy Patch Lane will weigh approximately 4,500 tonnes with pile 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. Piling is required at the four corners of the new railway bridge.

This project will use two types of piling techniques. Both of these are noisy, however we will work to minimise the disturbance and will put in place a number of noise mitigation measures such as sound barriers around the piling equipment and working at daytime wherever possible.

The piling work is due to start the week commencing Monday 14 October and will be carried out over a period of approximately three months. The majority of the piling will take place during the daytime between the hours of 7.30am and 6pm, Monday to Friday. It is not expected that piling will be carried out every day during this time.

Due to the sensitive nature of the work carried out by businesses close to the railway bridge, some of the piling will have to be done overnight or during weekends. It is expected that overnight work will be required from mid-October to early-December for approximately 18 nights. Overnight work will be carried out between the hours of 6pm and 3am. We will provide more information about the overnight work closer to the start date.

If weekend work is required this will only take place on Saturday mornings between 8am and 1pm.

These dates are subject to change. Noise and vibration will be monitored throughout the work and we will make adjustments if necessary. We will keep residents and businesses updated throughout the piling work and notify them of any changes to the planned work.

Traffic management

Gipsy Patch Lane will remain open during the piling work.

To enable the work 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.

 

Answers to your questions

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 being covered by funding provided by the West of England Combined Authority.

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 24 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 4,500 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 9 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.

When will you start to move the new bridge?
The bridge will be moved into place Easter 2020. Dates and further details will be publicised nearer the time.

When will you dismantle and remove the old bridge?
The existing railway bridge will be dismantled just before the new bridge is moved into place. This will happen Easter 2020. Dates and further details will be publicised nearer the time.

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.

When will the bridge work be completed?
At the end of May 2020.

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 4,500 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.

What sort of piling will be carried out along Gipsy Patch Lane
Preparation work for the new railway bridge on Gipsy Patch Lane will require sheet piling and bored piling.

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.

When will the piling take place?
The piling work is due to start the week commencing Monday 14 October and will be carried out over a period of approximately three months. The majority of the piling will take place during the daytime between the hours of 7.30am and 6pm, Monday to Friday. It is not expected that piling will be carried out every day during this time.

Due to the sensitive nature of the work carried out by businesses close to the railway bridge some of the piling will have to be done overnight or during weekends. It is expected that overnight work will be required from mid-October to early-December for up to 18 nights. Overnight work will be carried out between the hours of 6pm and 3am. We will provide more information about the overnight work closer to the start date.

If weekend work is required this will only take place on Saturday mornings between 8am and 1pm.

These dates are subject to change. Noise and vibration will be monitored throughout the work and we will make adjustments if necessary. We will keep you updated throughout the piling work and notify you of any changes to the planned work.

How long will the piling work last?
The piling work will take approximately three months to complete.

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.

Will the piling cause any other type of disruption?
We will need to use automated Stop/Go signs on Gipsy Patch Lane for short periods of time to allow workers and machinery from the construction site to cross the road. This will be done wherever possible outside of peak hours.

All shops and businesses on and near Gipsy Patch Lane will be open as normal.

Will the road have to be closed during the piling?
Gipsy Patch Lane will remain open during the piling work. To enable the work 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.

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 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.

Why is the road closure for 8 months when the railway line is only closed for 9 days?
The 9-day railway closure in April 2020 is to enable the actual replacement of the railway bridge. This will include; the removal of all overhead line equipment (electrification); the dismantling and removal of the existing railway track and ballast; the demolition and removal of the existing bridge; the excavation of earth to make way for the new bridge structure, some 30,000 ton; the moving and positioning of the new bridge; backfilling of the embankment around the new bridge; and the reinstatement of all track and overhead line equipment so the railway line can be reopened. This work will be carried out around the clock to ensure it is completed within the allocated timeframe and to help keep the road and rail closures to a minimum. Fabricating the new bridge off site also reduces the time needed for the closures.

In preparation for the 9-day railway closure there is an amount of work that must be completed including the building of the new bridge, the construction of the new bridge’s foundations and clearance of trees and shrubs. Most of this work is being carried out prior to the road closure through the use of temporary traffic lights and Stop/Go signs. However, some of the final preparations will require the road to be closed.

Once the new bridge is in place further work will need to be carried out on the highway below to make way for the new bus lanes and shared use cycle and pedestrian pathways. There are also 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.

Work being carried out during the remainder of the road closure 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; placement of utility diversions (gas, water, electric and telecommunications) underneath the new cycle and pedestrian pathways; installation of new surface water drainage system (including pipe runs, inspection chambers and a new pumping station); installation of new street lighting; construction of new carriageway and pathways; and finally new traffic signs, road markings and landscaping.

Replacing the railway bridge on Gipsy Patch Lane and creating a wider highway underneath is a significant engineering project involving South Gloucestershire Council, Network Rail and Alun Griffiths Contractors and is an important part of the Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension. Once complete the new railway bridge will weigh approximately 4,500 tonnes with piled foundations to a depth of 25 metres and is expected to have a design life of 125 years.

Hatchet Road and the San Andreas roundabout

What roadworks are happening on Hatchet Road and when?
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 early 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 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.

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 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.

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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