January 2015 Site Progress Notes
Balfour Beatty awarded the contract to construct a guided Busway by Bristol City Council.
The Metrobus scheme will link the Long Ashton Park and Ride to Cumberland Road on the south side of the city centre through a 3.5km route.
The project will reduce congestion by encouraging more people to use public transport in the city and introducing a route for buses which avoids the congestion along Brunel Way. The extruded concrete pavement will offer passengers a smoother ride than commonly used pre-fabricated concrete guided Busways.
The scheme includes the construction of a 200m long skew or ‘S’ shaped bridge over the Portishead railway line.
Martyn Osborne, Balfour Beatty Managing Director for Wales and the West, said: “We look forward to working with Bristol City Council and our local supply chain partners to deliver this important infrastructure scheme that will reduce congestion in the city. Through the use of an innovative technique called ‘slip-formed concreting’ we aim to be able to offer bus passengers the smoothest and most reliable journeys available on guided Busways in the UK today.”
Work commences this month and the scheme will open at the end of 2016.