The Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension will help reduce increased traffic levels caused by the proposed Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood on the former Filton Airfield.

The extension will form a part of the North Fringe to Hengrove Package MetroBus route and provide a direct route between Parkway railway station and The Mall, via the Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood.

Autumn/Winter 2015 consultation and outcomes

We consulted on design proposals for the Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension from 27 November 2015 to 15 January 2016.  The information and design proposals we consulted on are available below.

The consultation has now closed. We analysed the responses received and then published a report on the South Gloucestershire Council website with responses to key issues raised. The information and design proposals we consulted on are available below.
Councillors on the Environment & Community Services Committee met on Wednesday 6 July to consider the next steps for the Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension (CPME).

After careful consideration of the committee report, the concerns raised by local people and the costs and benefits in terms of providing rapid, reliable and convenient MetroBus services, the committee decided to progress the recommended option utilising Hatchet Road.

We are fully exploring opportunities to reduce the impacts of the scheme on adjacent landowners in relation to the issues and concerns raised during the consultation phase.

The agreed route will run between Bristol Parkway Station and The Mall bus station, via Hatchet Road, Gipsy Patch Lane, through the former Rolls Royce East Works site, along North Way, and through the Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood.

Subject to securing the necessary approvals and permissions, including planning permissions for some elements of the scheme, construction is programmed to start in 2018.

Survey work on the Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension route

We will be undertaking survey work at various locations along the route in spring and summer 2017. It is essential that we undertake this survey work to help develop our plans for the scheme. Please note this survey work is to help towards the preparation of the Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension plans and does not signal the commencement of construction.

We understand that surveys may cause disruption and disturbance to local residents and we would like to apologise in advance and kindly ask for your patience whilst this work is taking place.

Gipsy Patch Lane weekend closures: summer 2017

Temporary closures to motor vehicles on Gipsy Patch Lane, Little Stoke at the railway bridge are required on three weekends during summer 2017. When exact dates and times are confirmed signs will be put up on Gipsy Patch Lane to give people adequate notice of the closures. Please note that the work is weather dependent.

A signed diversion route for vehicles will be in place during the closures. The diversion route will be Hatchet Road / Brierly Furlong / Great Stoke Way / A4174 / A38. Access to properties and side roads along Gipsy Patch Lane will still be possible. Pedestrians and cyclists that do not wish to travel the diversion route can be escorted through the works but there may be a wait until it is safe to do so.

Hatchet Road traffic management

Roadworks are due to take place on Hatchet Road, Stoke Gifford from Monday 5 June 2017. The work involves digging temporary trial trenches to confirm the location of underground utilities.  The work is weather dependent.

Once work begins on Hatchet Road we will need to close one lane at a time in particular places along Hatchet Road between the Gipsy Patch Lane roundabout and the Ratcliffe Drive roundabout.  This will result in temporary traffic lights between 9.30am and 3.30pm on weekdays. Please note that vehicles will still be able to travel in both directions but this will be controlled by the temporary traffic lights.

The works will last for approximately two weeks. We may also need to close particular bus stops for a short period of time when we are digging close to one. Please note other bus stops on Hatchet Road will remain open for use at these times.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Gipsy Patch Lane Railway Bridge Replacement

An important part of the project is the replacement of the railway bridge over Gipsy Patch Lane to permit improvements for MetroBus, buses, cyclists, pedestrians and other road users. Network Rail has completed a GRIP3 Option Selection Report that looked at options, which can be downloaded below.

The South Gloucestershire Planning, Transportation & Strategic Environment Major Schemes Sub-committee voted to progress bridge Option 5 at its meeting on 7 October 2015.

Redevelopment of Filton Airfield

South Gloucestershire Council is developing the MetroBus Extension between Parkway and the Combination Ground roundabout on the A38 up to the Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood.

The route within the Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood will be designed and built by the developer, subject to planning consent from South Gloucestershire Council.

Walking and cycling

Improved cycling and walking routes will be part of the MetroBus Extension.


The Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension will cost about £35 million and will be funded through the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership.

Before funding is confirmed, we will be putting together a business case to ensure the project is value for money.

What happens when?

  • Spring 2014 onwards Initial site surveys and preliminary design work
  • Autumn/Winter 2014 Early information sharing
  • Autumn/Winter 2015 Public consultation
  • Winter/Spring 2016 Consultation analysis
  • Summer 2016 to Summer 2017 Detailed design
  • Winter 2017 Planning applications submitted
  • 2018 Construction starts
  • 2019 Gipsy Patch Lane Bridge construction
  • 2021 Construction complete and services operating

More information

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