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Station study

Phase 2 of MetroWest would provide half-hourly train services to Yate and hourly services on a reopened Henbury Line and possible additional stations on Filton Bank (between Filton Abbey Wood and Stapleton Road stations). If funding and the regulatory and technical requirements are all secured, services could start in May 2021.

A study was commissioned to inform the emerging Supplementary Planning Document for the Cribbs-Patchway New Neighbourhood and the technical case for MetroWest Phase 2.

Summary of the study

The stations in scope are Bristol Parkway, Filton Abbey Wood, Patchway and MetroWest Phase 2 proposals for the Henbury Line.

The study reviews the role of rail stations as transport interchanges in the Bristol North Fringe in the context of electrification, Filton Bank 4-tracking, MetroWest proposals and planned developments.

Update forecasts of station patronage.

Recommend locations for the stations on the Henbury Line and produce outline costs and design layouts.

Study conclusions

The hierarchy of stations in the North Fringe should start with Parkway, followed by Filton Abbey Wood, then Patchway and the proposed Henbury Line stations.

The poor ground conditions adjacent to Charlton Tunnel dictate that new stations should be at Filton North, and Henbury or Henbury East.

Facilities at the existing stations are broadly in-line with rail industry standards, but the council should continue to work with the rail industry to secure improvements when opportunities present themselves.  The new stations would be provided with appropriate bus stop, car parking, cycle stands, platform shelters, RTI and be fully DDA and EqA-compliant.

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