Temple Meads Train Station
Bristol Temple Meads railway station currently sees around 9 million people a year coming through it. This figure is expected to increase with a forecast growth of 44% in the number of passengers travelling through the station by the end of the decade.
The station acts as a national hub for a mix of long distance, regional and local rail services within the South West, connecting the city to London, Birmingham, south Wales, Devon, Cornwall, Scotland and more. It is also the interchange for local rail services serving the Greater Bristol conurbation, including Filton Abbey Wood, Lawrence Hill and Severn Beach. Based on the industry’s record, on average nearly one million passengers interchange between trains at the station a year.
The station also acts as an intermodal interchange, with people able to connect into alternative means of transport for their onward journey. The station is served by a number of bus services on the ramp, including the Airport Flyer and other bus services on Temple Gate. There are taxis, bicycle parking, access for private long and short stay parking and drop off facilities.
The station is fast becoming congested and even more so with the predicted burgeoning growth in passenger numbers over the next ten years. There is an aspiration led by Network Rail with support from Bristol City Council, West of England Local Enterprise Partnership and the Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone to transform Bristol Temple Meads into a bigger and better station that befits one of the most important regional centres in the UK. It will be a key driving force in the development of the Enterprise Zone.
Discussion regarding how to make this vision a reality is currently underway and is being held between all partners as well as the government. At the same time, a masterplan for the station is currently being developed to inform the business case for this vision. On March 31st 2014, Network Rail kicked off their five-year, £7bn investment programme. £700m is being invested in 31 individual projects in Bristol, including an upgrade of Temple Meads station. More information can be found on the Network Rail website.