Temple Meads is a cornerstone of the Enterprise Zone, instrumental to its ongoing success and crucial for its future growth.
Passenger usage of the station is projected to rise from 11 million to over 22 million by the end of the next decade, and Network Rail are investing over £2 billion into the electrification of the Great Western route. This will result in faster and more frequent services between Bristol and London.
However, Temple Meads is also one of the last remaining unimproved mainline train stations in the UK. Its redevelopment is needed to ensure that the full economic, social and place making potential of a new and inclusive Temple Quarter is achieved.
Bristol City Council, alongside partners including Network Rail, the Homes and Communities Agency and central Government departments, is working on station redevelopment plans that would see Temple Meads become a twenty-first century integrated regional transport hub.
The redevelopment would include:
- The opening up of Temple Meads East through a public street between the station and land to its East, including the council-owned former sorting office on Cattle Market Road;
- More retail and leisure uses in the station;
- Extended and improved public and ticketed areas;
- A multi-storey car park to replace surface parking on adjacent development sites.
Network Rail is currently undertaking a planning exercise that will give a clearer idea of the funds needed for the redevelopment, and the best way of moving the project forwards. More information will be added to this website when available.