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Poundland anger at Bristol Temple Meads railway station slur

Bristol Temple Meads Image copyright GWR
Image caption Bristol Temple Meads is a Grade II listed building

Poundland has hit back after the discount retailer's name was used to describe the poor state of a railway station.

Transport campaigner David Redgewell described Bristol Temple Meads as the "Poundland of national rail stations".

The firm said it was fed up of people using its name to describe something "which may or may not be a shambles".

A multi-million-pound project will see a new entrance added to the 179-year-old station and the roof refurbished.

Mr Redgewell, of passenger group South West Transport Network, was speaking at a West of England Combined Authority meeting to discuss the proposals.

He said the revamp was desperately needed as it was "the worst station" despite being the "gateway to the South West of England".

His comments were reported by the Local Democracy Reporting Service and published by Bristol Live.

'Leave us out of it'

In an open letter to Mr Redgewell on Twitter, Poundland said it was "somewhat irritated" by his description, and said its stores "never once closed due to overcrowding" and "have never failed to open because of the wrong kind of rain".

It urged Mr Redgewell to think of an adjective that "more properly describes the shambolic state of the rail network and leave us out of it".

Image copyright Poundland
Image caption Poundland posted an open letter on Twitter expressing "irritation" at the description

Network Rail also took issue with Mr Redgewell's description and described the Grade II listed station as "the jewel in the crown of Brunel's railway".

The rail operator is investing £40m over the next five years to refurbish the roof.

A further £26.6m is being provided by Weca to build a new eastern entrance to the station and into the Temple Quarter enterprise zone.

The refurbishment of the station is part of major regeneration plans for the area.

A former Royal Mail sorting office near the station was recently demolished to make way for a £300m campus for the University of Bristol.

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