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Updates on the walking and cycling routes across the area

Sustrans and SevernNet have been working with Highways England and the local authorities with the aim of providing a network of walking and cycling routes in the Avonmouth and Severnside area. As a result, we have worked on designs and plans for a number of routes. These are at different stages, as detailed in the map. A significant amount has been achieved as part of this project, with SGC01 to be completed by the end of 2020.

Due to a number of unexpected challenges we are not able to construct all the planned routes as part of the Highway England funding. Sustrans and SevernNet are exploring other funding opportunities.

It is still very much our intention to support the development and improvement of these routes and complete the vision of a safer walking and cycling network for those working and living in the area. 

Click here to see the current status of planned walking & cycling routes in the area.


09/04/2020 – Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension (CPME) and access along Gipsy Patch Lane.

A narrow footpath, suitable for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists only, has been reopened under the railway bridge on Gipsy Patch Lane as of today (Thursday 9 April). The footpath is narrow and pedestrians are advised to take extra care should they need to use it. The footpath under the bridge will remain open until further notice and we will continue to keep the community updated.

A free shuttle bus service that had been operating for pedestrians has now stopped.

Gipsy Patch Lane and the junction with Station Road will remain closed to vehicles. It is not possible to reopen the road fully to all road users because of the extent of work that has already been completed in preparation of the bridge replacement. The road closure also needs to remain in place whilst Network Rail and Alun Griffiths continue with preparatory and highways work.

The bridge move on Gipsy Patch Lane was due to take place over the Easter period but because of Coronavirus and government guidance concerning social distancing the move has been postponed.

Network Rail is now working with its stakeholders to try to identify an opportunity later in the year when it can take place. However, the project team will be guided by any future government advice or directives.

Network Rail, and its contractors Alun Griffiths, will remain on site at Gipsy Patch Lane completing work that they are able to do whilst complying with government guidelines.

Everyone should be practising social distancing to reduce the risk of spreading Coronavirus. People must follow government instructions to stay at home and to stay at least two metres away from other people when outside. Therefore, we ask that you do not visit the construction site, including the railway bridge area on Gipsy Patch Lane for any reason and do not use the reopened footpath unless your journey is absolutely essential. If you do use the footpath please observe social distancing.

Further information about the work taking place on Gipsy Patch Lane and the wider Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension (CPME) can be found on our webpage, visit