February 2016 – The Friends of Ashton Gate Station recently met with George Ferguson, the Mayor of Bristol. Mr Ferguson expressed his full support for the creation of the new station and his belief that the previous project feasibility study did not address the particular circumstances of the area. He confirmed that a new Business Case study will be made during the financial year 2016/17.
The study will look specifically at the demand for the station predicted by local organisations and employers such as Babcock, Imperial, UWE and Bristol Sport. The Mayor expressed his desire for a station that will meet the match-day demands of the new Ashton Gate stadium. He will ensure the new study brief takes this requirement into account and makes recommendations for an appropriate station design as well as solutions for associated operating issues.
The Friends of Ashton Gate Station are pleased with this outcome. We will monitor the progress of the study and continue to lobby for the station. We remain confident that a positive business case will be demonstrated and the station will be built.