Latest updates on the Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension 

Gipsy Patch Lane closure in June  


Closure in place from Monday 3 June for four weeks 

Gipsy Patch Lane will be closed to traffic from Monday 3 June while BT carries out utility diversion works in preparation for the main Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension construction work (CPME). We understand this will have a huge impact on the local community, businesses and road users and we are doing everything we can to minimise disruption.

Details of the June 2019 closure

Roadworks have been taking place on Gipsy Patch Lane for several weeks without any traffic management required. The next phase of BT's preparatory works will require the road to be closed at the railway bridge for four weeks. 

The closure is due to start on Monday 3 June. The road will be closed to all vehicles, however, the existing footway under the bridge will be kept open for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists during the June closure. 
Works are also necessary at the junction with Station Road. We currently anticipate that the junction will remain open but with temporary traffic lights for a period during June. 

In addition, ground investigations and surveys are being carried out near the bridge during June. This will include removal of some vegetation on the railway embankments but will not require any further road closures.

What is the diversion route during the June 2019 closure?

A signed diversion route via Bradley Stoke Way and the A38 will be in place during the June closure. Access to properties and side roads along Gipsy Patch Lane will be maintained and no disruption to the supply of utilities is expected. Businesses and shops along and near Gipsy Patch Lane will be open as normal. 

Main Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension 

The utilities work, including the June 2019 closure, is in preparation for the Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension construction work which will start later this year. 

Working with Network Rail, the scheme includes replacing the railway bridge over Gipsy Patch Lane with a wider bridge to enable both a general traffic and a bus lane in each direction as well as shared use cycle and pedestrian pathways.

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, whether you travel by bus, car, cycle or on foot.
The construction work will include extensive traffic management, including an approximate eight month closure of Gipsy Patch Lane from early 2020 to enable the replacement of the railway bridge. 

Keeping you informed

We held a series of public drop-in sessions during May where officers from the project team were available to answer any questions.  

We are continuing to liaise with the local community and businesses to minimise the impact of the work but we do understand the closure of this busy commuter route will cause considerable disruption. We apologise for this and appreciate any help to notify regular users of Gipsy Patch Lane. 
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