This page brings together news and resources relating to the construction of the the North Fringe to Hengrove Package MetroBus route through Bradley Stoke.
The construction phase began on Wednesday 2nd September 2015, with the closure of a short section of Woodlands Lane for an estimated 18 weeks.
Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd have been awarded the contracts for the Stoke Gifford Transport Link (SGTL) and works at Bradley Stoke Way and Coldharbour/Stoke Lane.
Alun Griffiths have written to residents affected by the works. The letters provide contact details for their Community Liaison Officer, who will answer queries relating to the construction works.
Alun Griffiths have appointed a dedicated Community Liaison Officer for the MetroBus project, James Aitken, who can be contacted on 08458 622327 (or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org). The number is manned between 8am and 6pm Monday to Saturday. Outside these hours, please leave a message and your call will be returned.
For more information, visit the contractor’s community website for the North Fringe to Hengrove Package MetroBus project.
To send a compliment, query or complaint, visit the Contact the Site page.
For general enquiries about MetroBus, contact MetroBus@westofengland.org
If you are dissatisfied with the response you receive from the contractors, you might wish to raise a complaint with the relevant local authority.
- Make a complaint to South Gloucestershire Council (for MetroBus works within South Gloucestershire)
- Make a complaint to Bristol City Council (for MetroBus works within the City of Bristol)
27th February 2017
Nominal start of work to construct a new southbound bus lane on the Bradley Stoke Way approach to Great Stoke (Rabbit) Roundabout
14th February 2017
Final night of overnight resurfacing work on northern section of Bradley Stoke Way
14th February 2017
Woodlands Lane junction with Bradley Stoke Way is fully reopened
18th January 2017
First overnight closure of Bradley Stoke Way for final resurfacing; on this occasion westbound-only between Patchway Brook Roundabout between the Aztec West Roundabout
9th January 2017
Final surfacing work on the section of Bradley Stoke Way between the Aztec West Roundabout and Patchway Brook Roundabout will commence on Wednesday 11th January for a period of three to four weeks
11th December 2016
No official announcement, but back to three lanes on the Bradley Stoke Way approach to the Aztec West Roundabout today
14th November 2016
Full-time closure of the nearside lane of Bradley Stoke Way on the approach to the Aztec West Roundabout
7th November 2016
Notice of overnight resurfacing work at the Orchard Gate junction with Bradley Stoke Way planned for Thursday 10th November
3rd November 2016
Warning of weekend working on Bradley Stoke Way, between the Aztec West and Patchway Brook roundabouts
8th August 2016
Final resurfacing starts on Great Stoke Way; temporary traffic lights installed at Great Stoke Roundabout
25th July 2016 (approx)
Work starts on construction of new MetroBus bus stops at Great Meadow Roundabout on Bradley Stoke Way
31st May 2016
Left turn out of Woodlands Lane onto Bradley Stoke Way is reopened
25th April 2016
Patchway Brook Roundabout zebra crossing reopened
Orchard Gate pedestrian crossing closed
15th March 2016
Bradley Stoke Way westbound reduced to one lane between Orchard Gate and Woodlands Lane
4th March 2016
Update on Woodlands Lane & Bradley Stoke Way
26th February 2016
Left turn into Woodlands Lane from Bradley Stoke Way is reopened
- Posts on the BSJ Facebook page: #1 #2
- First says Bristol-bound 73 buses have reverted to normal route
25th/26th February 2016
Road narrowing on a new section of Bradley Stoke Way
(Patchway Brook Roundabout to Savages Wood Roundabout)
11th December 2015
Announcement that the closure of a section of Woodlands Lane is extended to August 2016
7th December 2015
Prohibition of right-turn into/out of Orchard Gate
24th November 2015
Road narrowing on Bradley Stoke Way
2nd September 2015
Closure of a section of Woodlands Lane for an estimated 18 weeks
- Road Traffic Regulation Order
- Traffic management plan: Low-resolution image; High-resolution PDF
- Bus route diversion for services 73 & X73 (First)
PT14/1004/F: Approved 9th September 2014; Decision issued 7th October 2014
The planning application includes the definitive drawings for the scheme, but these are difficult for the layman to interpret. A better overview can be found in these documents published as part of the 2012 public consultation:
- Overview leaflet
- Zone 1 Cribbs Causeway to Bradley Stoke
- Zone 2 Stoke Gifford Transport Link
- Zone 4 UWE to Bristol City Centre
N.B. The above diagrams do not form part of the granted planning permission and may contain information that has since been superseded.
Construction phasing plans
Construction Phasing Plans for works between Aztec West Roundabout and the Aldi Roundabout (first published 3/3/16).
Road traffic regulation orders
Overnight closures of the northern section of Bradley Stoke Way for resurfacing:
- Five-way traffic lights at Patchway Brook Roundabout on Monday and Tuesday 13th/4th February 2017
- Five nights from Monday 6th February 2017
- Five nights from Monday 30th January 2017
- Five nights from Monday 23rd January 2017
- Three nights from Wednesday 18th January 2017
Report to the meeting of South Gloucestershire Council on 9th December 2015:
The MetroBus services will operate under a Quality Partnership Scheme (QPS), which sets out the standards of vehicles and services which operators must provide to operate MetroBus Services and the obligations on the local authorities to maintain the MetroBus infrastructure. A statutory consultation on the proposed QPS has now closed and there were no admissible objections. Minor modifications and clarifications are being made and it is anticipated that the making of the proposed scheme will be recommended to the Councils in the new year.
Report to the meeting of South Gloucestershire Council on 14th October 2015:
Construction work on the scheme began in early August 2015. Contractors are on site at Bradley Stoke Way and Stoke Gifford Transport Link with work on the A4174 Ring Road and Coldharbour Lane (as well as sites in Bristol) due to commence later in October. Construction is programmed to take approximately two years with the new MetroBus service running on the route by August 2017.
Thursday 12th January 2017, 7pm to 8.30pm at Baileys Court Activity Centre, Bradley Stoke BS32 8BH. The meeting will consist of a presentation regarding the remaining roadworks on Bradley Stoke Way and the implications for residents and commuters. A question and answer session will follow. Presentation slides from the meeting: PDF; Facebook | Minutes (MetroBus communications officer).
Thursday 14th January 2016, from 10.30am to 12.30pm at the Jubilee Centre, Bradley Stoke and from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at Baileys Court Activity Centre, Bradley Stoke: Drop-In Sessions – to answer any queries or questions you may have for the contractors regarding the MetroBus construction works on Bradley Stoke Way.
More information and related links
- North Fringe Rapid Transit (MetroBus) (The Journal)
- MetroBus (Travelwest)
- MetroBus Build (Travelwest)
- Rethink Metrobus on Twitter
MetroBus stories in The Journal
- MetroBus construction: March progress report
- MetroBus project: February progress report
- MetroBus work at southern end of Bradley Stoke Way to start next week
- Five-way traffic lights to be used for final phase of Bradley Stoke Way resurfacing
- Woodlands Lane junction set to be fully reopened by end of February
- Overnight closures of Bradley Stoke Way (eastbound) for five nights this week
- Overnight closures of Bradley Stoke Way set to continue this week
- Overnight closures of Bradley Stoke Way planned for every night this week (Mon-Fri)
- Bradley Stoke Way to be closed overnight for three nights starting this Wednesday
- MetroBus public meeting in Bradley Stoke this Thursday (12th January)
- MetroBus roadworks to continue until July
- Full reopening of Woodlands Lane junction delayed AGAIN until New Year
- SGC hit by £7 million of extra MetroBus costs
- MP tells South Glos Council to “get a grip” and sort out MetroBus traffic chaos
- Bradley Stoke Way lane closure to start on Monday morning
- MetroBus construction report for October
- MetroBus contractors bring in weekend working
- Two-week reprieve on MetroBus lane closure
- MetroBus: Woodlands Lane junction set to be fully reopened by Christmas
- BBC: “MetroBus services may need subsidy”
- New pedestrian diversion on Bradley Stoke Way due to start on Monday
- MetroBus construction report (August 2016)
- Motorists hopping mad over MetroBus traffic lights at Rabbit Roundabout
- Update on MetroBus works in the Stokes
- No, Bradley Stoke Way will NOT be closed for 18 months for resurfacing!
- MetroBus construction: Progress in June
- Bradley Stoke MetroBus: Progress and plans
- MetroBus construction: April progress report
- MetroBus contractor publishes phasing plans
- MetroBus construction set to begin on new section of Bradley Stoke Way
- Woodlands Lane junction to be partially reopened by Monday 7th March
- MP calls public meeting to discuss issues surrounding MetroBus works
- Bradley Stoke MetroBus build update (Jan ‘16)
- MetroBus construction team to answer public’s questions at drop-in sessions
- SGC confirms plan to start new roadworks at Aztec West, in parallel with MetroBus build
- Woodlands Lane closure extended to August 2016
- MetroBus construction gathers pace, but Woodlands Lane re-opening delayed
- MetroBus construction off to a troubled start
- Introducing the contractor for MetroBus work in The Stokes
- Bradley Stoke Way MetroBus construction work set to start on 2nd September
- MetroBus build expected to start soon as contractors move on site
- North Fringe to Hengrove MetroBus Scheme granted full approval
- Consultation under way on MetroBus Traffic Regulation Orders
- Councils consult on MetroBus road widening and bus lane proposals
- MetroBus planning application gets green light from councillors
- Councillors to inspect MetroBus route as planning decision nears
- MetroBus plans submitted: New bus lanes for Bradley Stoke Way
Click on a date link to view the post and the associated reader comments
10th March 2017: MetroBus project: February progress report.
27th February 2017: How are you finding the traffic now that Woodlands Lane has fully reopened? One person isn’t too happy…
26th February 2017: Three weeks of temporary traffic lights, but contractor says they will be off-peak only.
14th February 2017: We are informed that the Woodlands Lane junction on Bradley Stoke Way is now FULLY REOPENED.
13th February 2017: Expect delays as five-way traffic lights are deployed at Patchway Brook Roundabout (near Aldi) overnight from 8pm today and tomorrow.
27th January 2017: There have been many complaints since Tuesday about a change in the sequencing of the traffic lights at the Aztec West Roundabout, resulting in fewer cars being let out of Bradley Stoke Way during each green phase.
25th January 2017: @msirwin tweeted at 7.41am: “@sgloscouncil sort out the Aztec west roundabout lights coming out of BS, time green has been shortened and is causing the tailbacks!!”
17th January 2017: Bradley Stoke Way to be closed overnight for three nights starting this Wednesday
3rd January 2017: MetroBus roadworks to continue until July.
11th December 2016: No official announcement, but back to three lanes on the Bradley Stoke Way approach to the Aztec West Roundabout today.
9th December 2016: Full reopening of Woodlands Lane junction delayed AGAIN until New Year.
2nd December 2016: FIFTEEN months ago to the day (2nd September 2015), the Woodlands Lane junction was closed for an estimated 18 weeks of #MetroBusBuild.
30th November 2016: The 73 buses are being “regulated” again this morning. It’s “due to the roadworks,” say First.
25th November 2016: Some readers have reported slightly less severe delays following alterations to lane closures on Bradley Stoke Way yesterday (24th Nov). However, Griffiths still haven’t extended the two-lane running section to start at the Woodlands Lane junction, which is what they clearly stated they would do in their own traffic management plan.
24th November 2016: Statement from Jack Lopresti MP: “Earlier today I had a meeting with representatives from South Gloucestershire Council, MetroBus, contractors Alun Griffiths … to discuss the ongoing problems with gridlock in Bradley Stoke resulting from the works to create the MetroBus scheme …”
23rd November 2016: We have seen several reports this morning of northbound 73 bus journeys terminating at the Willow Brook Centre, rather than completing their full route to Cribbs Causeway. First’s response on Twitter: “This could be due to the Metro Bus works”
21st November 2016: Ultimately, it’s South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) who are responsible for the NFHP MetroBus scheme. Do you have a question you’d like to put to them about the traffic chaos that is being caused by the MetroBus roadworks in Bradley Stoke?
21st November 2016: MP tells South Glos Council to “get a grip” and sort out MetroBus traffic chaos.
21st November 2016: First warns of delays of “up to 75 minutes” on the 73 bus service due to “lane closures in and around Aztec West and Bradley Stoke Way associated with Metrobus works”.
21st November 2016: Traffic on Brook Way northbound is tailed back to Manor Farm Roundabout (near the Jubilee Centre). Google Maps traffic showing problems across Bradley Stoke on this rainy Monday morning.
18th November 2016: The “traffic hell” caused by MetroBus roadworks in Bradley Stoke is being discussed on BBC Radio Bristol this morning.
17th November 2016: Jack Lopresti MP tweeted: “I have contacted @sgloscouncil to put pressure on them to alleviate the congestion in Bradley Stoke caused by the MetroBus works.”
15th November 2016: Seen on Twitter: “How much worse does traffic have to get to persuade #bradleystoke that the car is not the answer?” Do you agree?
15th November 2016: And now we have traffic light control at the other end of Bradley Stoke Way, near Great Stoke Roundabout (a.k.a. Rabbit Roundabout).
15th November 2016: Traffic not looking too good this morning.
13th November 2016: Bradley Stoke Way lane closure to start on Monday morning.
8th November 2016: Readers reporting another ‘Gridlock Tuesday’ in Bradley Stoke. Bowsland Way, Woodlands Lane and Trench Lane particularly bad.
26th October 2016: The estimated final cost of building the MetroBus route that passes through Bradley Stoke has risen by £11.4 million to £113.3 million. South Gloucestershire Council’s share of the projected overspend is £7 million.
19th October 2016: The disruption caused by MetroBus roadworks in Bradley Stoke is being discussed on BBC Radio Bristol this morning.
18th October 2016: Traffic in the area particularly bad this rainy Tuesday morning. [Some people are blaming it on the MetroBus roadworks on the Bradley Stoke Way approach to the Aztec West Roundabout.]
5th October 2016: Woodlands Lane junction set to be fully reopened by Christmas … but before that, motorists will have to put up with a new ten-week lane closure on Bradley Stoke Way.
18th September 2016: Overnight closures of a section of Bradley Stoke Way for resurfacing work, originally planned to start as early as Monday 19th September, are now expected to take place in December.
16th September 2016: New pedestrian diversion on Bradley Stoke Way due to start on Monday
8th September 2016: MetroBus construction report (August 2016).
9th August 2016: Seen on Twitter: “Bradley Stoke is being made miserable by poorly thought out roadworks. This urgently needs attention.”
8th August 2016: Reader reports of temporary traffic lights at Great Stoke (a.k.a. Rabbit) Roundabout and Great Stoke Way.
2nd August 2016: Update on MetroBus works in the Stokes
23rd July 2016: No, Bradley Stoke Way will NOT be closed for 18 months for resurfacing!
2nd June 2016: Bradley Stoke MetroBus: Progress and plans
31st May 2016: The ‘left turn out’ from Woodlands Lane onto Bradley Stoke Way has reopened today. The junction is unsignalised, so traffic from Woodlands Lane must ‘give way’,
19th May 2016: Contractors close off one lane on Bradley Stoke Way, on the approach to the Aztec West Roundabout, causing massive tailbacks during morning rush hour.
5th May 2016: MetroBus construction: April progress report
24th April 2016: MetroBus contractors Alun Griffiths Ltd have told us that SGC Streetcare will be working on the Belisha beacons at the Patchway Brook Roundabout zebra crossing tomorrow…
24th March 2016: MetroBus contractor Griffiths has issued a statement regarding noise disruption in the vicinity of Great Stoke Way, due to the use of a piling hammer.
20th Mar 2016: Don’t be surprised to find the number of lanes on the Bradley Stoke Way approach to the Aztec West Roundabout reduced from three to two sometime next week.
14th Mar 2016: Footway closures on Bradley Stoke Way. Reopening of Patchway Brook zebra crossing. Further delay to full reopening of Woodlands Lane junction (now “late autumn”).
26th Feb 2016: The left turn from Bradley Stoke Way into Woodlands Lane has reopened today. Not many drivers are taking advantage of it though, as there is no advance warning…
26th Feb 2016: Traffic is now being allowed to turn left into Woodlands Lane from Bradley Stoke Way.
25th Feb 2016: #MetroBusBuild set to move further down Bradley Stoke Way.
23rd Feb 2016: The left turn into Woodlands Lane from Bradley Stoke Way will be reopened by Monday 7th March.
15th Feb 2016: MP calls public meeting to discuss issues surrounding MetroBus works.
11th Feb 2016: Bradley Stoke MetroBus build update (Jan ’16) – “Possibility of evening and weekend working being explored,” says council.
12th Jan 2016: MetroBus construction team to answer public’s questions at drop-in sessions.
5th Jan 2016: SGC confirms plan to start new roadworks at Aztec West, in parallel with MetroBus build.
23rd Dec 2015: #MetroBusBuild Christmas shutdown in Bradley Stoke. The excavators have been parked up at the Woodlands Lane junction since last Friday afternoon.
14th Dec 2015: Woodlands Lane closure extended to August 2016.
11th Dec 2015: MetroBus construction gathers pace, but Woodlands Lane re-opening delayed.
4th Dec 2015: Statement from Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd on the closure of the zebra crossing on Bradley Stoke Way, near Patchway Brook Roundabout.
28th Nov 2015: Traffic management plan for road narrowing introduced on Bradley Stoke Way this week.
26th Nov 2015: #MetroBusBuild activities are now commencing on another section of Bradley Stoke Way, between Woodlands Lane and Patchway Brook Roundabout (near Aldi).
19th Nov 2015: Right turn into/out of Orchard Gate (from/onto Bradley Stoke Way) to be prohibited for likely duration of 38 weeks from 7th December 2015.
16th Nov 2015: Complaints and opinions about road signage/markings at the Aztec West Roundabout (when approaching on A38 northbound and heading for bradley Stoke Way).
7th Oct 2015: Construction of the North Fringe to Hengrove Package MetroBus scheme in Bradley Stoke got off to a troubled start during the first week of September…
17th Sep 2015: Still hearing lots of complaints about driver behaviour and road signage/markings at the Aztec West Roundabout.
14th Sep 2015: Update from a reader: “They have now taken the lights down at junction of Woodlands Lane and Bradley Stoke Way, leaving nowhere safe for people to cross the road!”
7th Sep 2015: How is the traffic in Bradley Stoke this morning? Pear Tree Road not looking too good, reports a reader.
3rd Sep 2015: First morning traffic peak during #MetroBusBuild in Bradley Stoke. How are things looking?
2nd Sep 2015: IMPORTANT: The Woodlands Lane road closure is now in force, despite contractors saying it wouldn’t happen until after 7pm tonight (Wed 2nd Sep).
1st Sep 2015: MetroBus road closures that are due to commence tomorrow (Wed 2nd Sep) will not be put in place until after the evening rush hour (so, from 7pm onwards), says a source at construction firm Alun Griffiths.