Our contractors have started preparatory work on the MetroBus skew bridge on Winterstoke Road.
The bridge will allow MetroBus to cross the Portbury Freight line between Barons Close and Ashton Vale Road without taking space from the road. It will also ensure MetroBus services are rapid and reliable. The bridge means services will avoid Winterstoke Road and the Cumberland Basin where congestion is forecast to increase in the coming years.
When we originally designed the bridge in 2012 it had a clearance of 5.1 metres. Since then, we've worked with Network Rail to redesign the bridge so it has a clearance of 7.2 metres which will ensure the forthcoming Portishead to Bristol passenger railway line can be electrified.
The bridge will take approximately 10 months to construct. Construction is already underway, the steel beams for the bridge are currently being fabricated by a steel company in Belgium.
Access to Ashton Vale Road industrial estate will be maintained during the construction works and we will make sure disruption to businesses and motorists is minimised. Additional temporary pedestrian crossings will also be provided during construction.
Follow the link below for more information on how we're constructing the bridge.