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  • Start: 05/03/20 - Finish: 03/11/20

    Last modified: 03/04/20

April 4th 2020 update

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

With the Coronavirus situation evolving at a rapid pace, Network Rail has been regularly reviewing its contingency plans to mitigate as much risk as possible. However, following further announcements by the government and guidance from Public Health England the planned bridge move will be rescheduled.

This wrk has been deferred along with a number of other schemes across the wider rail network because of Coronavirus.

The installation of the new bridge is a significant piece of engineering work that requires approximately 150 skilled workers to be on site at one time, the majority of whom would be working in a constrained area. This would make the government guidelines concerning working on construction sites extremely difficult to comply with, particularly with regard to social distancing and maintaining two metres between workers. The safety of workers and preventing the spread of Coronavirus is of utmost importance at this time.

The bridge move was scheduled to take place between 11 April and 20 April. Network Rail is now working with its stakeholders to try to identify an opportunity later in the year when it can take place. However, the project team will be guided by any future government advice or directives. We will continue to keep the community updated.

The new bridge has been successfully constructed in the Horizon 38 compound and all four pile caps (foundations for the new bridge) have also been completed. This means these elements are ready for the bridge move when we are able to continue.

The council remains committed to this important transport project which will provide a direct route between Bristol Parkway railway station, Stoke Gifford, the Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood, The Mall shopping centre and will link with the wider metrobus network.

At this time, Network Rail, and its contractors Alun Griffiths, will remain on site at Gipsy Patch Lane completing work that they are able to do whilst complying with government guidelines. This includes preparatory and highways work for when the bridge is moved into position.

We understand there is a great local interest in the CPME project but everyone should be practising social distancing to reduce the risk of spreading Coronavirus. People must follow government instructions to stay at home, avoid gatherings of more than two people and stay at least two metres away from other people. Therefore, we ask that you do not visit the construction site, including the railway bridge area, on Gipsy Patch Lane for any reason.

Gipsy Patch Lane and Station Road junction

Gipsy Patch Lane and the Station Road junction will remain closed so Network Rail and Alun Griffiths can continue their preparatory and highways work.

Shuttle Bus

Network Rail will continue to operate a shuttle bus for pedestrians needing to make essential journeys either side of the bridge. Further details on this service are available via the project website.

Train services

Train operating companies will be running reduced services until further notice in line with national advice against all non-essential travel.

Despite the postponement of the bridge move, the planned temporary closure of the railway between Bristol Parkway and Newport will still be going ahead from Saturday 11 April to Sunday 19 April inclusive. This is so that other planned engineering work on the railway, that can be carried out within government guidelines, goes ahead. During this period, train services between Bristol and South Wales will be amended and buses will replace trains between Bristol Parkway and Newport.

If a journey is absolutely necessary, we strongly advise you to check before you travel by visitingĀ www.GWR.com/Check or www.nationalrail.co.uk. Please note online journey planners may be amended at short notice.

Further information and future updates

We will continue to keep the community up to date.

Please like and follow our Facebook group www.facebook.com/sgloscpme and keep an eye on our webpage www.southglos.gov.uk/cpmetrobus where any updates will be posted. We would also encourage you sign up to our newsletter, which you can do by visiting our webpage.

If you have any questions on the work taking place on Gipsy Patch Lane, please call the Network Rail 24-hour helpline on 03457 11 41 41.

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