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Road reopening delayed as major Metrobus works continue

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Major road disruption in Stoke Gifford could continue all year as a new Metrobus route is built.

The road below Gipsy Patch Lane railway bridge was expected to reopen in July this year, but this could potentially be pushed back until December due to flood prevention works.

A new bridge was installed last year as part of a project called the Cribbs Patchway Metrobus Extension (CPME), which is a new direct route that will run between Bristol Parkway station and The Mall.

The works also include road widening at either side of the new bridge, changes to the near San Andreas roundabout, and bus stop upgrades on Gipsy Patch Lane and Hatchet Road.

While the entire project is not expected to be complete until 2023, works at the bridge relating to road lowering and drainage were due to be completed in July.



Gipsy Patch Lane will be partially closed for up to two years while works to demolish the railway bridge are replace it with something larger are carried out
The old Gipsy Patch Lane bridge

Network Rail has now gained permission to carry out works there until December 16, 2021.

However, South Gloucestershire Council has said the aim is to open sooner, with the potential for a partial reopening in the autumn.

‘Sincere apology’

A spokesperson said: “Following ongoing surveys and investigations, Network Rail and the council have identified that a larger pumping station and drainage system than was 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 for 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.”

It confirmed that Network Rail’s renewed temporary traffic regulation order does extend to mid December, but “it is hoped that the road will be able to reopen to some traffic sooner than this”.

The spokesperson explained: “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.

“This will allow for some traffic under the bridge but maintain sufficient space for work to continue safely.”



The new replacement railway bridge pictured in November after it was installed

According to information shared by Bradley Stoke Town Council, Western Power Distribution will be digging a trench from Monday (May 10) until June 1 to divert a major power cable to enable the road widening work.

This will affect Gipsy Patch Lane from the junction with Bush Avenue along to Smithcourt Drive, potentially affecting access to residents’ driveways.

More information can be found on the council’s website.

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