Category: Stations

  • WECA’s Rail Plans

    WECA’s Rail Plans

    There have been several reports in the press in recent weeks about WECA’s plans to improve rail services around Bristol and Bath. Rail magazine reported on plans to electrify trains between Bristol Parkway and Bristol Temple Meads, while Bristol Live ran stories about potential new stations and more frequent services. These reports follow WECA’s approval…

  • Bus Stops near Ashley Down Station

    Bus Stops near Ashley Down Station

    Bristol Rail Campaign attended the full meeting of Bristol City Council in December 2023. We asked what plans they have to improve bus stops near Ashley Down Station. You may remember that last year we held an event to draw attention to poor interchange facilities, and apparent lack of planning. Muller Road The site of…

  • GWR planning to restore direct Bristol to Oxford services

    GWR planning to restore direct Bristol to Oxford services

    Great Western Railway (GWR) is planning to run direct services between Bristol Temple Meads and Oxford for the first time in more than 20 years. In response to growth in demand for leisure travel by train, GWR wants to run two return Saturday services between the cities from September. The trial would run until December. A…

  • British Transport Police  to move to Temple Meads Old Station

    British Transport Police to move to Temple Meads Old Station

    Network Rail submitted plans in December 2023 to move the British Transport Police offices to a new location in the Lower Passenger Shed, in the Old Station at Bristol Temple Meads. This move will allow their existing location adjoining Platform 3/4 to be converted to retail uses. Police vehicles will access the new offices from…

  • Transport for Wales consultation on new stations and better cross border services

    Transport for Wales consultation on new stations and better cross border services

    Transport for Wales (TfW) are running a consultation on their proposals for five new railway stations between Cardiff Central and Severn Tunnel Junction, and new cross border rail services to alleviate vehicle congestion on the M4 Motorway. New stations The scheme aims to improve connectivity between suburban communities and key regional destinations in SE Wales…

  • Portway Park & Ride Station: The first 100 days

    Portway Park & Ride Station: The first 100 days

    Portway Park & Ride Station opened with much fanfare 100 days ago on 1st August 2023. Leading local politicians, GWR officials and the Secretary of State for Transport attended. The event was widely reported on local media. Now that that the dust has settled, we review the new station to see what’s working and what…

  • Portway Park & Ride: Bus or Train?

    Portway Park & Ride: Bus or Train?

    Portway Park & Ride station is finally open. But after all the excitement of the opening ceremony, one question keeps cropping up: why do we need a train station when there is already a frequent bus service into Bristol? Which is best – bus or train?

  • Cam & Dursley station – still an hourly service

    Cam & Dursley station – still an hourly service

    Cam & Dursley station missed out on a service upgrade as part of the new (from May 2023) half-hourly Gloucester-Bristol Temple Meads service. The service remains hourly as every other train runs through stopping only at Yate, Bristol Parkway and Filton Abbey Wood. Passengers and community leaders around Cam & Dursley station are disappointed they…

  • Portway Park & Ride Station opens

    Portway Park & Ride Station opens

    Portway Park & Ride Station opened to the public on Tuesday 1st August 2023.  A few FoSBR members caught the first train to stop there.

  • Bus – rail integration: Montpelier to Chepstow

    Bus – rail integration: Montpelier to Chepstow

    Tim Weekes takes a trip from Montpelier to Chepstow by train and bus, to see how bus – rail integration can work.