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Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension CPME - Gipsy Patch Lane - Update

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South Gloucestershire Council - 19th February 2021

We are writing to inform you of work that is due to start to upgrade bus stops on Gipsy Patch Lane, Stoke Gifford, as part of the Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension (CPME).

CPME

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 provide 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 by foot or by bike.

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

Gipsy Patch Lane bus stops

As part of CPME four bus stops along Gipsy Patch Lane will be upgraded to metrobus stops. The bus stops affected are:

  • Bush Avenue/Smithcourt Drive bus stop, westbound
  • Bush Avenue/Smithcourt Drive bus stop, eastbound
  • Rolls Royce bus stop, eastbound
  • Rolls Royce bus stop, westbound

The upgrades will include extending the bus stop platforms, new paving, replacing existing shelters with new metrobus shelters and the installation of metrobus iPoints and CCTV to monitor the stops. iPoints provide travel information and allow passengers to purchase tickets before they board and plan journeys.

The metrobus stops on the CPME route will be available for use by local bus services.

Upgrade work

The Bush Avenue bus stops located to the east of the railway bridge (the residential side), will be upgraded first. This work will begin in the week commencing Monday 8 March and is expected to last approximately eight weeks.

The initial phase of work will involve extending the bus stop platforms, laying the new paving and installing the electrical connections needed for the iPoints and CCTV.

The Rolls Royce bus stops will be upgraded later in the construction programme as part of works to the west of the railway bridge.

Traffic management

To enable the upgrades traffic management is needed along Gipsy Patch Lane.

For work to take place at the eastbound Bush Avenue bus stop, a lane closure will be required. This will reduce the eastbound carriageway on Gipsy Patch Lane to a single lane of traffic.

For work to take place at the westbound Bush Avenue bus stop, a lane closure will also be required. However, this means that the westbound carriageway on Gipsy Patch Lane will be closed to all traffic between its junction with Little Stoke Lane and just before its junction with Smithcourt Drive. No vehicles will be able to travel westbound along this stretch of Gipsy Patch Lane for the duration of these works.

Access to Bush Avenue and Smithcourt Drive will remain open and the pedestrian crossing on Gipsy Patch Lane will be maintained during the works.

A signed diversion route for westbound traffic will be available via Little Stoke Lane, Kingsway, and Gifford Crescent.

The lane closures will start on Monday 8 March and last approximately eight weeks. The closures will need to remain in place around the clock during the works.

These dates may be subject to change and we will continue to keep the community up to date.

Bus passengers

During the works, the two bus stops affected will be out of service and bus passengers will be directed to use alternative stops.

The number 12 bus service, operated by Stagecoach, will be diverted during the works. For passengers travelling on the number 12 bus service towards Severn Beach, the service will divert from Gipsy Patch Lane and travel via Little Stoke Lane and Kingsway before turning at the Kingsway roundabout, where it will resume its normal route.

The number 12 bus service towards Bristol Parkway railway station will not be diverted and will follow its normal route. However, the southbound Kingsway roundabout bus stop will be suspended and passengers should use the northbound Kingsway roundabout stop (next to the shops) for services in both directions.

iPoints and CCTV

The metrobus iPoints and the CCTV will not be installed at the bus stops until just before the new metrobus service begins in 2023.

We will write to those living next to bus stops nearer the time to explain how the CCTV will operate. In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding the CCTV, please email CommunitySafetyTeam@southglos.gov.uk.

Further information

For updates on the CPME project please like and follow our Facebook group and keep an eye on our webpage where any updates will be posted. We would also encourage you sign up to our newsletter, which you can do by visiting our webpage.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused to you by the roadworks.

Yours faithfully

Richard Gillingham
Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension Project Sponsor
South Gloucestershire Council

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