City Gateway

Our vision is for Bristol Temple Meads to become a fitting gateway to Bristol and the West of England. It will support vibrant development in the surrounding area, with sustainable transport at its heart, supporting the city’s ambition to be zero carbon by 2030.

The City Gateway includes six major opportunities for change.

Midland Shed

Revitalising the Midland Shed will provide new facilities, retail spaces, and wayfinding to enhance the passenger experience. New routes through could be created, with potential for a passenger lounge and public toilets.

Northern Entrance

A new Northern Entrance will enhance Bristol Temple Meads’ role as a gateway to the city and will become an attractive public space. Combined with a new terrace to the north of the Midland Shed, the Northern Entrance will improve passenger routes and give Temple Meads the public realm the historic station deserves.

The Friary

The Friary will become a transport interchange serving the station and the city. A dedicated space for buses will be created, with space for improved bus stops and shelters. Towards the station entrance, pedestrians and cyclists will have priority, with a new cycle link between the Brunel Mile and Bristol to Bath Railway Path complemented by sheltered, secure cycle parking. A private car drop-off loop from Temple Back East will complete the multi-modal transport hub.

Station Approach

The forecourt outside the station will be expanded to create a spacious, pedestrianised station square that celebrates the heritage façade of the station. A taxi rank will be retained further down station approach, along with dedicated Blue Badge parking with step free access to the concourse.

Southern Gateway

A new Southern Gateway will be a transport hub to access the station from the south of the city, with facilities for pedestrians, cyclists and cars. There will be a permanent relocation of car parking in a new multi-storey car park, unlocking the transformation of areas elsewhere currently occupied by car parking. Our ambition is for direct access to the station from the Southern Gateway, giving another step-free access route into Temple Meads Station.

Eastern Entrance

A new Eastern Entrance will connect communities in St Philip’s Marsh and nearby with Temple Meads station. The entrance will open into the University of Bristol’s Enterprise Campus, providing easy access to and from the station for students and the public travelling to homes, jobs and leisure.