Gipsy Patch Lane update
South Gloucestershire Council - 1st April 2021
We are writing to update you on the work currently taking place on Gipsy Patch Lane, Stoke Gifford, as part of the Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension (CPME).
Gipsy Patch Lane closure
Network Rail and its contractor are currently carrying out works to lower the road below the new railway bridge, as well as installing an improved drainage system, including a new pumping station under the road.
There are national design standards that must be complied with whenever a new bridge is built which stipulate how much headroom is required under a new bridge. It is not possible to raise the bridge because of the railway line, so to comply with the standards for a new bridge, the only option is to lower the road.
Following ongoing surveys and investigations, a larger pumping station and drainage system than previously envisaged is now required to help future-proof this key stretch of road from flooding.
Due to this upgrade in the drainage system, Gipsy Patch Lane needs to remain closed to traffic at the railway bridge longer. As has been the case throughout the CPME, and given the scale of this major infrastructure project, dates can be subject to change. We sincerely apologise for this and for the ongoing disruption it may be causing for you.
Network Rail and its contractor recently applied for a renewed Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO), which will allow them to keep Gipsy Patch Lane closed to traffic at the railway bridge until mid-December 2021. However, it is hoped that the road will be able to reopen to some traffic sooner than this.
We are working closely with Network Rail and its contractor to understand if there is opportunity for a partial reopening of Gipsy Patch Lane one-way in the autumn, which will allow for some traffic under the bridge but maintain sufficient space for work to continue safely.
These traffic management arrangements will also need to be co-ordinated with the road widening works on Gipsy Patch Lane, which are due to commence either side of the railway bridge during the summer.
Access for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists will continue to remain open under the railway bridge.
These changes are not expected to cause any delay to the overall completion of the CPME project, which is programmed for winter 2022/2023.
Gipsy Patch Lane road widening
Road widening is needed on Gipsy Patch Lane further to the east and west of the railway bridge to enable the creation of a new bus lane. During these construction activities significant traffic management measures will be needed.
To enable these works to be carried out safely and as efficiently as possible a westbound one-way system needs to be installed along Gipsy Patch Lane, between the junction with Little Stoke Lane and the mini roundabout at Rolls Royce. This will mean that traffic will only be able to travel along this section of Gipsy Patch Lane towards Filton and the A38 junction.
Traffic needing to travel eastbound will need to use the existing diversion route via the A38, Bradley Stoke Way and Winterbourne Road. The diversion route will be fully signposted.
For safety reasons, side roads to the east (residential side) of the railway bridge that fall within the one-way system will need to be closed at their junction with Gipsy Patch Lane. This will include Station Road, Gifford Crescent, the service road, Smithcourt Drive and Bush Avenue. Access for residents and businesses will be maintained via diversion routes. The eastern access to Bush Avenue, nearest to Little Stoke Lane, will remain open to residents. Little Stoke Lane will also remain open.
Closing these side roads is considered the safest approach once the one-way system is installed to prevent drivers potentially turning the wrong way out of these junctions.
Access to Pegasus Park will be retained, but traffic entering and exiting will need to comply with the one-way system. Traffic exiting Titan Road will only be able to turn left.
We will write to you again in the coming months when we have confirmed start dates for the road widening works and the installation of the one-way system.
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.
Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension Project Sponsor
South Gloucestershire Council