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Major Updates

About the bridge

We're currently building a new bridge for MetroBus over the Portbury freight line near Winterstoke Road in south Bristol.

The new bridge will allow MetroBus to cross the Portbury Freight line between Barons Close and Ashton Vale Road without taking space from the road.

The bridge will ensure MetroBus services are rapid and reliable and mean MetroBus can avoid Winterstoke Road and the Cumberland Basin where congestion is forecast to increase in the coming years.

Photos of the new bridge being constructed

Time lapse video

This video shows some of the work done so far for the new bridge.

MetroBus stops

MetroBus stops in the area will be provided near Silbury Road in Ashton Vale, Paxton Drive and the Create Centre.

South Bristol residents will be able to travel on fast and frequent services to Spike Island, Temple Meads, Cabot Circus, Bristol city centre, Hengrove and connect with services to the University of the West of England, Emersons Green and Cribbs Causeway.

Facts about the bridge

The bridge is 350 metres long and crosses the Portbury freight railway line.

The bridge comprises of two reinforced earth approach ramps and a 155 metre long deck.

The deck is supported by two sets of braced pair beams over five spans.

The bridge’s beams are made from low maintenance weathering steel. Each beam weighs over 450 tonnes.

The width of the deck is 8.6 metres. It is curved to allow the bridge to clear the railway line by 7.2 metres.

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