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Gipsy Patch Lane update

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South Gloucestershire Council - 25th May 2021

We are writing to inform you about forthcoming water pipe diversion work as part of the Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension (CPME).

Bristol Water pipe diversion

As part of the plans to widen Gipsy Patch Lane to enable the construction of a new bus lane, Bristol Water need to divert a major water pipe, running from the road outside 26 Gipsy Patch Lane through to outside 34 Smithcourt Drive (see attached map for detail). This will follow on from the work being undertaken by Western Power Distribution (WPD) and will involve digging a trench and installing a new pipe. The works will begin on 1st June and last approximately eight weeks until the end of July, with working hours from 8am to 5pm, proceeding east to west in stages.

Along Smithcourt Drive, the new pipe will be laid in sections of between 50-75 metres in the carriageway for approximately four weeks from 1st June. Although the road will be accessible, parking will be limited to driveways while this phase of the work is happening due to limited space. Road plates will be used to ensure that the junction between Smithcourt Drive and Gipsy Patch Lane will remain open.

From the corner of Gipsy Patch Lane and Bush Avenue to the Stokers pub car park, a road closure will be required, however, access will be maintained for residents and patrons of the pub. This phase of the works is planned to start from 28th June and will last for approximately four weeks.

Works will also be happening along the path in front of the Stokers pub for approximately three weeks from 21st June. Access along the path will be maintained. All dates may be subject to change.

To minimise disruption where possible, Bristol Water’s contractors will operate in a similar manner to the current WPD works, digging, installing the pipe and reinstating the trench in sections as they go.

The work will be noisy at times and the excavations may create some dust. Bristol Water and South Gloucestershire Council apologise for any disruption that this may cause. Wherever possible, noisier parts of the work will be carried out in the middle of the day.

There may be times when the supply of water to some properties needs to be interrupted. Bristol Water will inform any affected properties in advance and will keep any interruptions to a minimum.

In the event of an emergency outside of working hours, you will be able to reach Bristol Water on 0345 702 3797.


The CPME is a £57 million investment to reduce congestion and improve journey times for all road users in your area by providing a new quick, reliable public transport system. It will offer a direct route between Bristol Parkway railway station, Stoke Gifford, the Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood, The Mall shopping centre and will link with the wider metrobus network.

CPME will also deliver improved facilities for cyclists and pedestrians, making it easier and safer to travel on foot or by bike.

The scheme is funded by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) and by the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership through the Local Growth Fund.

Further information

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Yours faithfully

Richard Gillingham
Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension Project Sponsor
South Gloucestershire Council

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