Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension
Gipsy Patch Lane Travel Survey

Major work is due to begin in 2019 to extend the metrobus network from The Mall bus station to Bristol Parkway train station, via the forthcoming Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood on the former Filton Airfield.

Working with Network Rail this includes replacing the railway bridge over Gipsy Patch Lane, Stoke Gifford, with a wider bridge to enable lanes for general traffic, shared use paths and bus lanes in both directions. The scheme will also include footway widening and new bus lanes along other sections of Gipsy Patch Lane.  This will result in significant benefits for all highway users.

During the construction period there will be both full and partial closures to Gipsy Patch Lane. Work will be completed and metrobuses running on the Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension route in early 2022.  

February - June 2019

Roadworks are due to take place on Gipsy Patch Lane in preparation for the construction of the Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension which is due to start later this year. The first phase of this preparatory work starts on 25th February 2019 and is to divert underground utilities. It will be carried out by BT.

We do not expect this initial phase of work by BT to cause any disruption to road users or to the supply of BT services, however some foot/cycle paths may be affected. If any other utility or survey work is required during this period which does require traffic management, we will publish information in advance.

June 2019 Closure

The next phase of BT’s preparatory work will require a closure of Gipsy Patch Lane at the railway bridge during June 2019.
Gipsy Patch Lane will be closed to all highway users, including pedestrians and cyclists, at the railway bridge for approximately four weeks from Monday 3 June. A signed diversion route will be in place during this time.  Access to properties and side roads along Gipsy Patch Lane will be maintained and no disruption to the supply of utilities is expected.

Dates of the full closure will be clearly signposted to give adequate notice.

We are investigating ways to potentially reduce the amount of time that the closure will be in place but we need to plan for it being approximately four weeks.
Main construction works

The utilities work is being undertaken early to minimise the disruption caused by the main work which will start later in 2019 and then proceed throughout 2020 and 2021. There will be further disruption during this period, with another full closure of Gipsy Patch Lane at the railway bridge programmed to commence in early 2020 which will last for approximately eight months.

Planning for the works
We understand that all of these roadworks 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 you that we are doing everything we can to minimise disruption to residents, businesses and road users.

We have launched this travel survey to better understand travel patterns on Gipsy Patch Lane and we are encouraging anyone who travels or lives along Gipsy Patch Lane to take part. The survey should only take five minutes to complete and will be open until Wednesday 20th March 2019.

The results of the survey, together with monitoring of traffic flows in the area, including the use of temporary traffic cameras will help us to plan for the traffic management required for the Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension construction work. Further information can be found at  

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