Bristol Temple Meads station to get £100m investment

Temple Meads train station in Bristol
Image caption Network Rail said it wants to make Bristol Temple Meads a "world-class railway hub"

Some £100m has been earmarked by Network Rail to pay for the development of Bristol Temple Meads train station.

Network Rail is planning to use the money to redevelop the station by the end of 2020.

The funds would see two unused platforms opened up for the new electrified trains which will operate between Bristol and London.

A new entrance to the side of the building will be built and the current approach will become a public square.

Network Rail said it wanted to develop the station into a "world-class railway hub with outstanding facilities and train connections".

It said the station had seen a 46% increase to more than nine million passengers using the station a year.

The money will also pay for:

  • Works to the Wells Road enabling access to the diesel depot site
  • Bridges to improve pedestrian and cycle access to the zone
  • Junction improvements enabling rapid transit access direct to Temple Quarter and an anti-clockwise city centre loop
  • Public realm improvements on Cattle Market Road linking up with the Homes and Communities Agency-funded bridge that provides access to the diesel depot site

The funds were announced by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin during his visit to the station.

He said: "This is a fantastic station and there has been a big increase in demand for rail travel in recent years. It is fantastic that such a great city as Bristol is going to get a facility to match its aspirations."

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