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Bridge closure diversion details to be revealed at public drop-in sessions
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“Major impact” on traffic across the Stokes expected during full closures of Gipsy Patch Lane for four weeks in June and then a further eight months during 2020
ith the planned four-week full closure of Gipsy Patch Lane during June now less than a month away, South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) says it will soon reveal details of the signed diversion routes that will be in operation during the upcoming work. Further full and partial closures of Gipsy Patch Lane are planned over the next two years, including a full closure lasting approximately eight months from “early 2020”. The road closures are needed to allow the existing narrow arch railway bridge to be replaced by a much wider concrete structure. The work is being carried out as part of the Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension (CPME) scheme, which also involves the creation of new bus lanes along parts of Gipsy Patch Lane. An SGC spokesperson said: “We understand that this work will have a major impact on traffic in the nearby and wider area. We apologise in advance for this inconvenience and would like to assure everyone that we
are doing everything we can to minimise disruption to residents, businesses and road users.” The council recently conducted an online travel survey aimed at users of Gipsy Patch Lane and it says that the results of this, along with data collected from traffic survey cameras that were temporarily installed at points on the local road network during March, are being used to inform its traffic management planning. Details of a series of public drop-in information sessions, at which further details of the CPME work and associated traffic diversion routes will be provided, are shown on the facing page. All information displayed at the drop-in events will also be made available on the SGC website at www.southglos.gov. uk/CPmetrobus
June 2019 full road closure at the railway bridge Roadworks are currently taking place on Gipsy Patch Lane in preparation for construction of the Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension, which is expected to start later this year. The current work is being undertaken by BT to divert underground utilities.
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The next phase of BT’s preparatory work will require Gipsy Patch Lane to be closed to all highway users, including pedestrians and cyclists, at the railway bridge for approximately four weeks during June. A signed diversion route will be in place during this time. Access to properties and side roads along Gipsy Patch Lane will be maintained and no disruption to the supply of utilities is expected. Businesses and shops along and near Gipsy Patch Lane will be open as normal. Dates of the full closure and diversion routes will be clearly signposted. In addition, ground investigations and surveys will be carried out near the bridge during May and June. This will include some de-vegetation on the railway embankments but will not require any further road closures. Source: South Gloucestershire Council, May 2019
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