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30.10.14

£33m project to four-track route between two main Bristol stations

Network Rail has announced a £33m plan for a quadruple-track line between the two main stations in Bristol.

Passengers and businesses in Bristol are expected to benefit from an increase in train and freight services and reduced journey times as the number of lines between Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway stations will be increased from two to four.

Known as the ‘Filton Four Tracks’ project, the work forms part of Network Rail’s Great Western Route Modernisation Programme to modernise and transform the Great Western Main Line from London Paddington through to Swansea. Under a separate programme of work, this route will also benefit from electrification and a new fleet of faster, quieter and greener electric trains by December 2017.

Andrew Haynes, Network Rail’s project director for the west of England, said: “This is an exciting time for the growing city of Bristol. For the last two years we have been working closely with the city council to make sure this project becomes a reality and it’s great news that we are now only a matter of weeks away from the start of work on this vital upgrade.

“The doubling of the tracks between Temple Meads and Parkway stations, together with our work to electrify the Great Western Main Line, will mean that passengers, residents and businesses in Bristol will benefit from an increase in services, reduced journey times and quieter, greener trains. All of this will help us to meet an increasing demand for rail travel and to continue to drive economic growth in the region.”

Cllr Mark Bradshaw, assistant mayor at Bristol City Council, said: “I welcome the commitment to enhance our rail infrastructure by restoring the lost tracks at Filton Bank and much else. This will support the new faster electric services to London and South Wales, the vital connections towards Birmingham and HS2, and new capacity for growing our local MetroWest passenger and extra freight services.

“I saw for myself the scale of the planned works and the extra capacity and resilience which will be the result. There will be disruption but the longer-term benefits will be considerable. Network Rail, the DfT and our partnership of local authorities in the West of England area are committed to working together to make this happen.”

Work to double the railway lines will begin in December 2014 and will be undertaken by Taylor Woodrow, following the award of a £33m contract by Network Rail.

(Image: Bristol Temple Meads station c. Ben Birchall PA Wire)

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Nonsuchmike   31/10/2014 at 12:57

Bravo! Work is actually starting shortly on this vital improvement to rail infrastructure north of Bristol TM. Not only will it help Bristolians but also those from the Midlands, South Wales and elsewhere who wish improved and more frequent and reliable rail services. Now all we need is to drive through resolutely the Henbury loop infrastructure to improve local amenities to tens of thousands more who clamour for such a transport link. Existing Level Crossings can be replaced by bridges or underpasses and new stations provided as local demand dictates - then watch the passenger numbers skyrocket.

Peter Ford   18/11/2014 at 20:07

As a now retired railwayman whose career started in 1962 at the former Bristol College of Science and Technology I clearly remember this section of line as being 4 track then. There was also a station at Horfield which must have closed in the Beeching era. How short sighted some of these rationalisation schemes seem now.

Sean Emmett   12/05/2015 at 09:52

What provision has been made for the re-opening of local rail stations at Ashley Hill and/or Horfield on their original sites or nearby alternatives?

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