Residents are being asked to give their views on the proposed design of public access arrangements for the new Ashley Down railway station in Bristol.
Ashley Down is one of three new stations that will be built as part of the MetroWest railway network, a transformational rail improvement programme which will re-open the Henbury Line to passengers for the first time since 1964.
MetroWest is a West of England Combined Authority (WECA) initiative, in partnership with DfT, local councils, Network Rail and Great Western Railway. It will significantly increase travel by rail in the region generating over a million new rail journeys and giving 80,000 more people access to train services.
The design of the proposed new Ashley Down station itself is being managed by Network Rail on behalf of WECA and has been designed by Network Rail to meet Equality Act standards for accessibility and is easily accessible from the surrounding area.
The new access to Ashley Down station is being delivered by Bristol City Council in partnership with WECA. The proposed highway works and improvements to pedestrian and cycle access on Station Road include improved pedestrian crossing points, a ‘hop on’ point for cyclists, two new accessible parking bays and enhanced planting. Paths to the station entrance will be realigned and the gradient reduced to ensure the station is accessible to all users.
The station will be on the site of the former Ashley Hill station with the entrance located on the Concorde Way cycling and walking route where it meets Station Road. The route to the station from Muller Road and Station Lane will be via the existing subway footway.
The new station will serve the local community, who will benefit from easier walking and cycling access to the station, and sustainable transport links to Temple Meads and the wider rail network to London, Wales, the Midlands and the South West of England.
West of England Mayor Tim Bowles said: “We are making major investments in our public transport network that will improve rail services right across the West of England, from Bath to Henbury, Severn Beach to Portishead. The new station at Ashley Down is a step towards reaching this goal. Re-opening the Henbury line brings local people closer to jobs, education and leisure opportunities across the region. Hearing from the community on the proposals to access this new station will make absolutely sure that we are creating sustainable travel options that work for local people, help cut congestion, improve air quality and make our area an even more attractive place for people to live, work and play.”
Councillor Kye Dudd, Bristol City Council Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “Re-opening local stations is an opportunity to encourage sustainable travel in Bristol, bringing cleaner air, less congestion and health benefits across the city. Improved infrastructure and reliable public transport are key to supporting economic growth and the jobs and houses we need across Bristol and the wider region, so it is great to see this project taking another step forwards.”
Feedback on the design of access to the station will support WECA and Bristol City Council to improve the proposals ahead of any formal consultation.
The consultation closes on 1st November. To have your say on the design of access to Ashley Down station and complete the survey visit www.travelwest.info/ashleydownstation
To request information in a booklet or other accessible formats, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0777 5115 909 quoting ‘Ashley Down station’ with your name, address and postcode, and the format you require, or visit the Travelwest website.