Bristol rail depot scheme given planning approval

Entrance to planned depot
Image caption South Gloucestershire Council said the new depot could create up to 200 jobs

A proposed train depot on the Great Western main line near Bristol has been given planning approval by councillors.

Agility Trains wants to build the depot on land at Stoke Gifford, close to Bristol Parkway railway station.

More than 700 residents signed a petition against the plans and 60 written objections were lodged with South Gloucestershire Council.

Despite that, the authority's Development Control Committee voted in favour of the scheme.

Agility Trains said it hoped it would take between 18 and 24 months to build the depot on land, called the Stoke Gifford triangle.

Several railway lines cross at the site of the depot, which is on the route between Bristol and Cardiff.

The main building would accommodate two full-length trains at once and would also include offices and storage space.

Agility Trains said its studies showed the depot would not affect residents and that none of the statutory bodies had objected to the proposal.

Image caption Protesters said the depot would be too close to houses in Stoke Gifford

Andy Barr, from Hitachi Rail Europe, said: "I can understand the concerns but once the trains are parked you aren't going to know they are there.

"During the main part of the night there will be no work going on in the yard itself. It's more like a car park."

Mr Barr said repair work would be carried out in a sound-proofed maintenance shed.

Agility Trains won a contract to supply the Intercity Express Programme for the Department for Transport and is a partnership between construction company John Laing Projects and Hitachi Limited.

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