Major Updates

M32 Bus Only Junction

The Bus Only Junction on the M32  will remain closed until services start from Emersons Green to the city centre via UWE. The service is expected to start immediately after the completion of the Bromley Heath viaduct work on the A4174 ring road. As well as MetroBus services, the junction will also be used by emergency vehicles to avoid any possible congestion at junction 1.

M32 bridge

One weekend in June 2016, a new bridge for the forthcoming MetroBus network was successfully installed over the M32 motorway.

The M32 had to be closed to allow GRAHAM Construction (main contractors on the M32 MetroBus works) to safely lift the bridge into place.

The bridge consists of two pairs of braced steel beams which are 36.26m long and each weigh 70 tonnes.

The works to install the bridge were completed to schedule and the motorway reopened on time at 6am on the following Monday. This was the first weekend closure since the M32 originally opened in 1966.

Partnership working

Bristol City Council, South Gloucestershire Council and their MetroBus teams worked closely with Highways England to minimise disruption so that the works were completed as quickly and efficiently as possible.

The work took place at the weekend when traffic flows are 20% lower than on an average weekday.

To reduce the need for further closures, Highways England carried out survey work at Eastville viaduct whilst the MetroBus bridge works were carried out.

Mark Driscoll, emergency planning manager for Highways England, said: “We’re pleased to say that the messaging and communication proved effective ahead of the weekend closure, and motorists were able to plan their journeys into and out of Bristol while the MetroBus bridge was installed over the M32.”

Rapid and reliable

The new bridge is part of a coordinated package of bus lanes and infrastructure between the University of the West of England (UWE) and the city centre that will ensure MetroBus services are rapid and reliable.

These new bus priority measures will mean that some bus journeys between UWE, Bradley Stoke and the city centre will be up to 30 minutes quicker than existing bus services.

Photos of the M32 bridge lift

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