Work has been completed on upgrades to Bristol Parkway’s bus facilities, to allow for an expanded metrobus network.
The improvements see new waiting shelters with real-time departure screens and a ticket machine; a realigned road layout to allow for a through route for buses; a better short stay and drop off parking area; and will see renewed cycle parking at the front of the station to be completed in the coming weeks.
Funded by the West of England Combined Authority; South Gloucestershire Council; the Department for Transport; and GWR’s Station Development Match Fund, the investment will allow for an expanded metrobus network to serve Bristol Parkway, as part of the Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension [CPME].
The CPME is a £57 million investment by the West of England Combined Authority and South Gloucestershire Council to improve the public transport network by providing an alternative, fast and direct bus route between Bristol Parkway Station and The Mall at Cribbs Causeway. By offering faster, reliable bus travel it aims to increase the number of people travelling on public transport and reduce the amount of traffic on local roads reducing congestion and carbon emissions. The scheme has included replacing an old railway bridge with a new, larger bridge, installing new bus lanes, upgrading bus stops and improving walking and cycling facilities.
Presently, existing bus services continue to operate to and from Bristol Parkway, but these improvements will allow for the future expansion of metrobus services. metrobus services are due to start along the CPME route in spring 2023.
GWR has been providing rail services throughout the pandemic and has worked to ensure that these are as safe as possible. This includes increased cleaning regimes and the use of a virucidal spray; extra staff at key stations to offer help and guidance; and processes in place to help customers maintain a safe distance where possible, such as restricting the number of reservations available.