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Bridge replacement update

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South Gloucestershire Council - 17th November 2020

This is to provide a further update on the bridge replacement works currently taking place on Gipsy Patch Lane, as part of the Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension (CPME).

The new 4,260 tonne railway bridge on Gipsy Patch Lane is now in its final position, completing the heaviest lift of its kind ever undertaken in the UK.

Network Rail, and its contractor Alun Griffiths, will now continue with the next phase of work, which is to rebuild the embankment, reinstate the rail line and reinstall the overhead wires and supporting infrastructure.

The remainder of the work will be noisy and will be carried out round the clock so it is completed as quickly as possible. A number of noise mitigation measures such as acoustic barriers are in place but we apologise for any disruption that may be caused.

Due to an engineering problem experienced during the bridge move, the closure of the rail line has been extended until Monday 23 November. This date could be subject to change and we will keep the community updated.

Train services

Rail passengers are reminded that rail replacement services, specifically between Bristol and Newport, remain in place until at least Monday 23 November. If you are planning to travel by train during this time please check carefully before doing so. For further details, please visit or

Patchway Station

Parking suspensions remain in place at Patchway Station and on Clay Lane during this time to enable the safe operation of the rail replacement buses. If you need to travel, customers are advised to park at Bristol Parkway instead.

Pedestrian access and shuttle bus service

There remains no access for pedestrians or cyclists through the bridge area on Gipsy Patch Lane.

Network Rail has reinstated a shuttle bus service for pedestrians needing to access either side of the Gipsy Patch Lane railway bridge. This service is free of charge and will operate for the duration of time the railway bridge is closed to pedestrians.

The shuttle bus is running weekdays, weekends and is also available overnight. See the project website for full timetable details, please visit

The daytime shuttle bus service is being operated by Stagecoach and the overnight service is being operated by South West Minibuses. Measures are in place to comply with Covid-19 guidance. Please remember, the wearing of face coverings on public transport is compulsory.

A number of pedestrian and cycling diversion routes are also available. Details of these can also be found on the project website.

Further information and future updates

We will continue to update the community and our stakeholders on the work as it progresses

Anyone with questions concerning the bridge replacement work should call the Network Rail 24-hour helpline 03457 11 41 41.

Enquiries may also be sent to this email address.

Please note, this email account is only monitored during office hours Monday to Friday. Emails sent overnight, at weekends or on bank holidays will not be picked up until the next working day. Therefore, if your enquiry is urgent please use the Network Rail 24-hour helpline.

We will also share updates via the project's website, on our Facebook page, and via Twitter

Kind regards

The CPME Project Team

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