New business is on its way to Bristol Temple Meads. Network Rail (NR) expects the Government to fund the London line electrification. Meanwhile, the station is full to capacity and NR expects passenger numbers to grow 45% in the next 10 years.
NR wants to clean, repair and modernise the station including the glass roof span. The London service could reopen the Brunel shed as its terminus. The redevelopment could include a new street-level corridor under the tracks from Cattle Market Road to the car park.
Under the station, a new booking hall would lead to the platform access subway. If other owners agree, the expansion could include part of the old goods yard, the Friary and the former Post Office site.
At the same time, Bristol City Council (BCC) is undertaking a road and traffic study to replace the Temple Gate gyratory with a simple signal controlled crossroad. BCC’s traffic team is working with First Group to replan the city’s bus routes.
All good news as, for years, the Society has campaigned for a proper public transport interchange at Temple Meads.