MetroBus build expected to start soon as contractors move on site

Excavator parked near Parkway North Roundabout.

The two year construction phase of the Stoke Gifford By-Pass and the Bradley Stoke section of the North Fringe to Hengrove Package MetroBus route looks set to get under way within the next few weeks following the news that a contractor has been selected.

The contract for the Stoke Gifford Transport Link (SGTL, as the by-pass is officially known) and the Bradley Stoke Way MetroBus works has been awarded to Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd of Abergavenny, the same firm that is currently constructing the South Bristol Link section of the MetroBus route.

A spokesperson for the West of England Office, which is overseeing the MetroBus projects, told The Journal that work on both local aspects of the scheme is due to commence “this summer” and that residents can expect to see contractors moving on site “from August”.

On the SGTL route, Alun Griffiths will be working alongside Dawnus, who have been appointed to construct a new bridge across the Ham Brook and Network Rail’s contractor (still to be selected), who will construct a new bridge over the main London to South Wales railway at Curtis Lane.

Alun Griffiths will appoint a Community Liaison Officer (CLO) who will provide a single point of contact for all queries relating to construction. The CLO will write to residents in affected areas shortly, to introduce him/herself and give some initial information about the works.

General information regarding MetroBus construction is available on the MetroBus Build website at

The website will be updated in early August to include information on the NFHP works and contacts details for the Community Liaison Officers for each area of work.

• As we went to press, contractors had already moved onto a site just south of the Parkway North Roundabout in Stoke Gifford, which is where the northern end of the new by-pass will connect to the existing road network (Great Stoke Way).

Photo: Excavator parked near Parkway North Roundabout.

Overview of MetroBus work in Bradley Stoke and Stoke Gifford.

Image: Overview of MetroBus work in Bradley Stoke and Stoke Gifford (click to enlarge).

This article originally appeared in the August 2015 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

UPDATE (31st July): South Gloucestershire Council has issued a traffic order to “close, temporarily, to vehicles that length of Woodlands Lane that extends from its junction with Ashridge Road to its junction with Bradley Stoke Way … for highway works associated with the MetroBus project”. The order is valid for 18 months from 24th August, although it is stated that “the closure may not be implemented for the whole of the period but only for so long as is necessitated by the works which are anticipated to be of 3 months duration.”. Read more…

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