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30.04.12

Bristol station plans unveiled

Plans for the redevelopment of Bristol Temple Meads station have been revealed by Network Rail, and a high-level feasibility study is being carried out to determine the economic benefits of the proposals.

The station area would be expanded, and train services increased to cope with growing demand. Passenger numbers are set to rise by 44% over the next ten years inBristol.

The works would coincide with the electrification of the Great Western Main Line betweenBristolandLondon, with the refurbishment starting in spring 2014 and completed by 2018.

Other improvements would include two new platforms, an eastern station entrance and new subways. A key junction would also be remodelled into the station area, additional infrastructure installed on the line toBristol Parkwayand line-speed improvements to the south west.

Network Rail route managing director Patrick Hallgate said: “Bristol Temple Meads is located right at the heart of the enterprise zone and is among the busiest and fastest growing rail interchanges on the Western route, receiving more than nine million passengers on average every year.

“Redeveloping the station into a world-class rail gateway, with excellent rail links, will be significant to help position the new business district as an ideal location for investment, whilst boosting economic growth and catering for growing rail demand.”

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