MetroBus works completed at Mall roundabout

Photo of three people standing in front of a bulldozer.
Cllr Steve Reade (centre) stands on the new arm of the roundabout which will link up with a route through the new neighbourhood on the former Filton Airfield site

The £57 million Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension (CPME) has reached a significant milestone following the completion of improvement work at the San Andreas roundabout next to the Mall at Cribbs Causeway.

The overall CPME scheme will improve the public transport network by providing an alternative, fast and direct bus route between Bristol Parkway Station and The Mall, via the Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood on the former Filton airfield site.

The improvements at the San Andreas roundabout include:

  • A new arm of the roundabout will, in the future, provide a sustainable transport route into the Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood. MetroBuses, other local buses, emergency vehicles, taxis, motorcycles, and cyclists will use the route
  • Traffic signals to improve safety, manage predicted growth in traffic, control flows to suit varying demands during the day and allow for future bus priority measures
  • New toucan crossings providing safer pedestrian and cyclist routes
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South Gloucestershire Council’s Cabinet member for regeneration, environment and strategic infrastructure, Cllr Steve Reade, said:

“The San Andreas roundabout improvements are a crucial part of the CPME scheme. There are immediate benefits in this busy location for people who travel on foot or by bike at Cribbs Causeway. New signals and pedestrian crossings will make access safer and convenient for all road users as we accommodate future growth.”

“The council is constructing new infrastructure to benefit existing local communities and for when people move into new homes. When the new road section opens for sustainable transport, the people living in the new neighbourhood will enjoy quick access to a reliable public transport system.”

“Our ambition is to encourage more active and sustainable travel for local journeys from the moment families move into the new neighbourhood, such as hopping onto the MetroBus to Bristol Parkway Station or the wider bus network, taking a cycle ride to work, or walking to the Mall. Sustainable travel will become part-and-parcel of everyday life for new neighbourhood residents.”

Simultaneously, the council has completed the extension of the shared use path from the San Andreas roundabout along Hayes Way, to further improve pedestrian and cyclist access in the area.

This article originally appeared in the June 2021 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal magazine (on page 23). The magazine is delivered FREE, nine times a year, to over 5,000 homes in Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke and Harry Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.