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Major Updates

M32 Bus Only Junction

All traffic management around the new Bus Only Junction have now been removed. The Bus Only Junction has been cordoned off with cones for safety reasons and will open when MetroBus services start between Cribbs Causeway and Hengrove Park.

M32 bridge

A new bridge for the forthcoming MetroBus network was successfully installed over one weekend in June 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.”

M32 bus lane extension

The existing south bound bus lane on the M32 is being extended from Junction 3 to the railway bridge that crosses the motorway.

The new southbound bus lane extension is now complete although it remains closed off for the time being.

The bus lane starts at the railway bridge crossing the M32 just south of Eastville junction and links with Newfoundland Way as it enters the central city area at Cabot Circus.

The new southbound bus lane is expected to open within the next few weeks once the average speed cameras are enforced.

Photos of the M32 bridge lift

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.

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