Working together to build a new Ashton Gate railway station

Bristol City Council commissioned an initial study into the feasibility of developing a new station and rail platforms at Ashton Gate. This study will investigate the likely costs, benefits and operational feasibility.

The West of England Joint Transport Board has stated that implementing MetroWest Phase 1 will not rule out options for an Ashton Gate station. This new station will stay in the MetroWest new stations package.

Councillor Mark Bradshaw, Vice Chair of the Joint Transport Board and Assistant Mayor for Place including Transport at Bristol City Council, said: “All rail schemes really must have strong business case backing and clearly more work is needed to shape the special case for Ashton Gate. Operational rail and funding issues need to be worked through and rail schemes do not come cheaply or happen overnight. Working with Bristol Sport, Network Rail and First Great Western, there is a commitment to get this work done. Network Rail has agreed to provide ‘passive-provision’ so that any of their works will not get in the way of a future rail station at Ashton Gate. In the meantime, Bristol City Council will help Bristol Sport to address travel pressures and look at potential for Park and Ride and other services.

Read the full story at Bristol City Council’s website

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