New Bristol railway station to connect communities and grow the economy
- Transport Secretary opens Bristol’s first new railway station, Portway Park & Ride, in almost a century
- New station will support local growth and improve access to jobs and businesses
- Demonstrates Government's commitment to investing in infrastructure to grow the economy and boost connectivity in the South West
Passengers in Bristol will benefit from easier access to jobs and businesses as Transport Secretary Mark Harper officially opened a new railway station near Avonmouth today. The station will open to passengers tomorrow, Tuesday 1 August.
The multi-million-pound Portway Park & Ride station, backed by both Government and local authority funding, will be the first station to open in Bristol in almost a century.
As of tomorrow, regular services will run from the accessible, single-platform station seven days a week along the Severn Beach railway line, taking passengers into the city centre of Bristol in just 24 minutes.
Transport Secretary Mark Harper said:
“Today's opening of Portway Park & Ride station is the latest example of this Government's plan to invest in infrastructure and grow the economy.
“It will provide a boost to Bristol and its surrounding area by improving local transport links while connecting passengers to business hubs and thousands of high-skilled job opportunities.”
Managed by Great Western Railway, the new station will ease congestion on local roads and provide an additional transport option for the 9,000 people who work in the surrounding area.
Joe Graham, Business Assurance and Strategy Director at Great Western Railway, said:
“We are delighted that services will be operating from the new Portway Park & Ride station. It will offer customers regular trains to and from Bristol Temple Meads twice an hour with a journey time of 25 minutes.
“Situated alongside the M5, this new station will provide a great alternative for those travelling into Bristol city centre or wanting to connect with the wider rail network.”
It will also support local growth by improving access to the Avonmouth and Temple Quarter Enterprise Zones which are expected to create 31,000 new jobs by 2050.
Councillor Don Alexander, Cabinet Member for Transport and Councillor for Avonmouth & Lawrence Weston ward, said:
“I am incredibly proud and delighted to open Bristol’s first railway station in 96 years. Portway Park & Ride station will offer local people and commuters an efficient and sustainable travel option. Having boosted the number of free parking spaces at our park and ride site, it offers commuters more options to park up and catch a train or the bus.
"Completion of the railway station highlights the commitment of Mayor Marvin Rees’ administration to developing modern and accessible travel solutions. As we look toward a future of improved connectivity through a mass transit system, Portway Park & Ride railway station is a key step on our journey towards a better connected Bristol and South West.
“We are grateful for the support and collaboration of our project partners and eagerly anticipate the positive impact this station will have on our city, as we now look forward to Ashley Down railway station opening too."
Portway Park & Ride station marks Britain's 2,577th railway station and follows closely on the heels of the opening of Marsh Barton station in Exeter earlier this month, also opened by the Transport Secretary. The opening forms the latest in the Government's drive to invest in infrastructure to grow the economy and boost connectivity across the UK.
Marcus Jones, Network Rail’s Western route director, said:
“This announcement marks an important milestone in our efforts to transform rail travel for our passengers in and around Bristol and the wider West of England area.
“I’d like to thank our partners in the project - Bristol City Council, the West of England Combined Authority and GWR – for their hard work and dedication in bringing this new station to the city. We hope that passengers from Bristol and beyond will experience the benefits that this new station will bring for years to come.”
Metro Mayor Dan Norris said:
“Passengers are pleased that the new Portway Park & Ride railway station is opening - the first new station built in this incredible city since the Roaring Twenties.
“Delivering for local people is what our multi-million-pound Reverse Beeching programme is all about.
“This is undoubtedly a good day for Bristolians and the West of England region, and I’m proud it’s been made possible by a substantial £3 million-plus investment from my West of England Mayoral Combined Authority.
“But this is just the beginning. We need to press ahead with work to give even more residents access to new stations as we strive to meet our ambitious West of England net-zero-by-2030 targets.”
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Portway Park & Ride station is a single bidirectional platform railway station that is 126 metres long designed to accommodate trains between two and five cars/carriages long.
The first passenger trains to stop at Portway Park & Ride on Tuesday 1 August will be:
- 5.10am Bristol Temple Meads to Severn Beach – stopping at Portway Park & Ride at 5.34am
- 5.53am Severn Beach to Bristol Temple Meads – stopping at Portway Park & Ride at 6.06am
The last station to be built within the city of Bristol was Parson Street Station in 1927.
The last station to be opened in the West of England area was Filton Abbey Wood in 1996.
Portway Park & Ride runs a bus service up to every 12 minutes, seven days a week. It offers wheelchair accessible services to Bristol city centre, Cabot Circus and Temple Meads.
Portway Park & Ride station funders:
- West of England Combined Authority: £3.153 million
- Department for Transport’s New Stations Fund: £1.672 million
- Bristol City Council: £857,000
- Network Rail: £114,000
- GWR: £70,000
- Total capital costs: £5.866 million
MetroWest is a project to transform rail travel in the South West, aiming to generate more than a million new rail journeys and give 80,000 more people access to train services by delivering new and more frequent rail services across the region.
It is spearheaded and funded by the West of England Combined Authority, working with the Department for Transport, Bath and North East Somerset Council, Bristol City Council, North Somerset Council, South Gloucestershire Council and Network Rail. Find out more: www.travelwest.info/metrowest.