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CPME (‘MetroBus 2’): What happens next?
he controversial Hatchet Road bus lane may have been scrapped (as reported in our January magazine), but the wider Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension (CPME) project, of which the bus lane was a relatively small part, goes on and is expected to gather pace in the next few months. The objective of the CPME is to provide a fast and reliable bus link between Cribbs Causeway, Filton Airfield and Bristol Parkway Station. The scheme will also relieve traffic congestion by replacing the current Gipsy Patch Lane railway bridge with a new concrete structure that accommodates four lanes of traffic (one bus lane and one general traffic lane in each direction). The next milestone will be the submission of four planning applications; the two of local interest being the one for the new
Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension February 2018 Planning applications submitted Later in 2018 Construction starts 2019 Gipsy Patch Lane railway bridge construction 2021 Construction complete and services operating Network Rail recently conducted ground investigations near the bridge
railway bridge and another for highway works on Gipsy Patch Lane and Hatchet Road. Subject to planning consent being granted, a full business case for the scheme will be submitted to the West of England Combined Authority later this year.
In relation to the Gipsy Patch Lane railway bridge work, South Gloucestershire Council says it has agreed terms with the developers of the former East Works site (now known as Horizon 38) to provide land for a temporary site compound that
will be required for the duration of this aspect of the scheme. Further information on the CPME project is available on the Stoke Gifford Journal website and at travelwest.info/projects/ cribbs-patchway-metrobusextension
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February 2018 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine.