Transformational plans to rejuvenate Bristol Parkway have been given the green light, allowing progression on a massive project that will deliver a brand-new station building and public space called Station Square, accompanied by a new community park and nature reserve.
Following a six-week consultation period, the plans were finally approved at a South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) cabinet meeting on Monday 5th December. The SGC has worked in collaboration with Network Rail, GWR and the West of England Combined Authority to develop these plans.
The authority is yet to state when this project will officially begin with its construction works, with no project completion dates finalised either at this point.
South Gloucestershire Council's cabinet member for transport, Steve Reade, said:
"This new masterplan is an ambitious vision to transform Bristol Parkway into a major new destination and for it to become a fitting gateway for the region and South Gloucestershire.
"This masterplan reimagines Bristol Parkway as a destination complete with a new station, places where people can work, meet friends and family, as well as providing new parks where residents can enjoy the outdoors."
This project aims to create a modernised infrastructure for the station that has stronger connections with the neighbouring communities of Stoke Gifford, Harry Stoke and Bradley Stoke. Accessibility upgrades are also a major part of these plans, with hopes to improve walking links, wheelchair traversing and cycling routes to and from the station.
Plans for the station upgrades include:
- A new community park called St Michael’s Place
- A station building and public space called Station Square
- A new nature reserve and green space called Stoke Gifford Park
- New employment area called The Brickworks
Malcolm Parsons, Network Rail industry programme director, said:
“The Bristol Parkway masterplan, which we’ve worked on with South Gloucestershire Council, GWR and the West of England Combined Authority, is an ambitious reimagining of the station as an improved gateway to the north Bristol area and beyond.
“The plan focuses on enhanced connectivity with the surrounding communities and puts accessibility at the heart of Bristol Parkway with improved facilities for those who use wheelchairs and other mobility aids.
“Alongside these benefits, the plan seeks to encourage sustainable travel and will provide more green spaces to enhance biodiversity.
“We’ll continue to work with our partners and the local community on the redevelopment of Bristol Parkway to ensure that it suits the needs of passengers, the environment and the communities it serves.”
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