Road Works

Gipsy Patch Lane bridge replacement work update – 06.11.20

Despite detailed planning and preparation, our contractor, Network Rail, has encountered a significant issue moving the new 4,260-tonne Gipsy Patch Lane bridge into place.

The bridge, which is already built, is being moved into position on a number of independent hydraulic transporters. Having successfully moved two thirds of the way into place the bridge transporters are now stuck.

It is too early to say why the wheels have become stuck. This is a highly complex engineering project and is the heaviest lift of its kind ever undertaken in the UK, supported by detailed designs, modelling and preparatory work by Network Rail and its contractor Alun Griffiths. Understanding why this hasn’t worked will take time, and we are already working on that in parallel to our prime focus which is to get the work underway to move the bridge, free up the automated platform it is sitting on, and undertake the work required to get the bridge in place, and resume rail services.

Network Rail and its contractor Alun Griffiths are continuing to work around the clock to resolve the issue and currently undertaking detailed work on site so that the bridge can be moved into position. We will continue to update the community and our stakeholders on the work as it progresses.

We apologise for any inconvenience being caused by these ongoing works on Gipsy Patch Lane and we thank you for your patience.

Any questions or issues you may have can be raised via the Network Rail 24-hour helpline on 03457 11 41 41.

We understand there is a great local interest in the project but everyone should observe social distancing and follow current national guidelines. Therefore, we would kindly ask that you do not visit the construction site, including the railway bridge area, on Gipsy Patch Lane to watch work taking place or interact with the workforce.

We will continue to share updates via the project’s website southglos.gov.uk/cpmetrobus, on our Facebook page facebook.com/sgloscpme, and via Twitter twitter.com/sgloscouncil.

Train services

Until this part of the main line is able to reopen, Network Rail will continue working with train operators to get those passengers who still need to travel by train to where they need to go, either on diverted services, or via the rail replacement buses operating between Bristol and Newport.

Further updates will follow from the train operators as soon as they are available. If you are planning to travel please check carefully before doing so. For further details, please visit nationalrail.co.uk or GWR.com/Bristol.

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 southglos.gov.uk/cpmetrobus.

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

Anyone with questions concerning the bridge replacement work taking place on Gipsy Patch Lane should call the Network Rail 24-hour helpline 03457 11 41 41.

Enquiries may also be sent to the CPME project email address cpmetrobus@southglos.gov.uk.

Gipsy Patch Lane bridge replacement work set to start

The bridge replacement work will take place between late evening on Saturday 24 October and the early hours of Saturday 7 November. During this time Network Rail, and its contractor Alun Griffiths, will be working continuously, night and day, to remove the track and overhead line equipment, demolish the existing bridge on Gipsy Patch Lane, move the new bridge into position and reinstall the track and overhead line equipment.

The planned work will involve the use of heavy machinery and noisy activities, such as excavation and further piling. The work will take place around the clock to allow as much work to be completed in the shortest possible time. Network Rail will work to minimise the disturbance and will put in place a number of noise mitigation measures such as acoustic barriers. All deliveries and construction equipment needing access during the work will enter via the A38 and the construction site on the west (non-residential) side of the bridge. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused by this work.

Any questions or issues you may have can be raised via the Network Rail 24-hour helpline on 03457 11 41 41.

We understand there is a great local interest in the CPME project but everyone should observe social distancing and follow current local and national guidelines. Therefore, we would kindly ask that you do not visit the construction site, including the railway bridge area, on Gipsy Patch Lane to watch work taking place or interact with the workforce.

During the bridge replacement works we will be sharing updates via the project’s Facebook page, which we would encourage you to like and follow, and via Twitter .

More information about the scheme and the work due to take place can be found on our project webpage.

Train services

The bridge move will involve the closure of the railway line between Bristol Parkway and Newport from Sunday 25 October to Friday 6 November (inclusive). During this time train services in the area will be altered and buses will replace some trains. If you are planning to travel please check carefully before doing so.

For further details, please visit nationalrail.co.uk or GWR.com/Bristol.

Patchway Station

Between Sunday 25 October and Friday 6 November (inclusive) no trains will call at Patchway Station. However, rail replacement buses will run between Bristol Parkway, Patchway, Severn Tunnel Junction and Newport.

Parking suspensions will be 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. Additional parking enforcement patrols will be carried out in the Station Road area.

Pedestrian access and shuttle bus service

The footpath under the railway bridge on Gipsy Patch Lane is now closed to enable the bridge replacement works.

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.

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.

Network Rail and its contractor Alun Griffiths will be working towards re-opening a route for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists. It is anticipated that a pedestrian route will be reopened during December, but this will be kept under review. We will update the wider community as soon as possible.

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Network Rail is regularly reviewing its contingency plans to mitigate as much risk as possible from Coronavirus. However, the project team will be guided by any future government advice or directives and in the lead up to and during the works the situation on local lockdowns is being monitored.

The works will be carried out in compliance with the latest government guidelines for the construction industry. At present they include following social distancing. Where tasks are not able to be undertaken with social distancing, appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be worn. Network Rail and Alun Griffiths have arranged additional welfare and extra cleaning provisions and there will be dedicated marshals on site at all times who will ensure controls and standards of cleanliness are maintained. Temperature checks of all personnel will also be taken on arrival to site.

Further information and future updates

Dates and timeframes may be subject to further change and we will continue to keep the community up to date.

Anyone with questions concerning the bridge replacement work taking place on Gipsy Patch Lane should call the Network Rail 24-hour helpline 03457 11 41 41.

Enquiries may also be sent to the CPME project email address cpmetrobus@southglos.gov.uk.

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.

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Hatchet Road update

Work is due to start on Hatchet Road, Stoke Gifford, as part of the Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension (CPME).

As part of CPME two bus stops along Hatchet Road will be upgraded to metrobus stops. The bus stops affected will be the north-bound stop near the Sandringham Road/ Ratcliffe Drive roundabout and the south-bound stop outside the former Co-op store.

The upgrades will include extending the bus stop platforms, new paving, replacing the 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 new bus stops will be served by existing local bus services.

Work will begin on the upgrades on Monday 14 September and will last approximately 3 months. These dates may be subject to further change and we will continue to keep the community up to date.

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.

Traffic management

To enable the work to take place two-way temporary traffic lights will be in operation on Hatchet Road from Monday 14 September, for approximately 3 months. The temporary lights will initially be used during off-peak periods only. However, we will continue to monitor traffic levels in the area and if traffic levels remain low their use may be extended to peak times.

During the works, the two bus stops affected will be out of service and bus passengers will be directed to use alternative stops just a short walk along Hatchet Road.

The alternative bus stops will be:
For north-bound journeys passengers should use the bus stop on the opposite side of the road to the former Co-op store.
For south-bound journeys passengers should use the bus stop near the Sandringham Road/ Ratcliffe Drive roundabout junction.

Alternative bus stops are also available further along Hatchet Road near to the Winterbourne Road/Gipsy Patch Lane roundabout.

iPoints and CCTV

The metrobus iPoints and the CCTV will not be installed at the Hatchet Road 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.

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

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.

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