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15.11.12

£100m Bristol Temple Meads station upgrade announced

Bristol Temple Meads station is to benefit from a £100m investment by the end of 2020, transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced.

Network Rail will redevelop the station into a “world-class railway hub”, after there was a 46% in passengers using the station in the last year.

Two unused platforms will be opened up for new electrified trains to operate between Bristol and London, on the side of the station building a new entrance will be built and the current approach will become a public square.

Works to the Wells Road enabling access to the diesel depot site, bridges to improve pedestrian and cycle access to the zone, junction improvements enabling rapid transit access direct to Temple Quarter and an anti-clockwise city centre loop.

Additionally, public realm improvements on Cattle Market Road linking up with the Homes and Communities Agency-funded bridge that provides access to the diesel depot site will be funded.

McLoughlin said: “This is a fantastic station and there has been a big increase in demand for rail travel in recent years. It is fantastic that such a great city as Bristol is going to get a facility to match its aspirations.”

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Comments

Roger Bishton   20/02/2015 at 13:58

I do hope that the upgrading of Temple Meads station will see the reopening of the original Brunel terminus for trains. It was a great pity that such a beautiful and historic building was taken out of use in the last century and I am sure that Brunel would have been sorely disappointed with that decision.

Mike   16/08/2017 at 12:21

I do hope that the London trains are not taken into the old extension of Brunel's terminus - every London train will create conflicting paths as they did when they departed from platform 3. I am held up too often by trains to/from Wiltshire and beyond reversing at Temple Meads. This proposal would also sever the level access from Temple Quay. By all means add an extension to platform 1 for local trains and possibly a parallel platform for 'Wiltshire trains.

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