October 2016 – In February, Mayor George Ferguson and his cabinet (supported by all political parties on the Council) allocated £50,000 from this year’s capital budget to fund a new study and business case for an Ashton Gate station. Our group, Friends of Ashton Gate station presented a petition with over 5,000 signatures asking for a new station at the Council meeting in January. (The last consultant’s study for Bristol City Council concluded that there would be insufficient passengers to justify a new station).
Since Marvin Rees took over as Mayor in May, the Friends have met a Council transport officer and Councillor Mark Bradshaw (Cabinet Member in charge of transport) to discuss progress with the business case. The Council now plan to proceed with the business case study appointing new consultants from a list approved by Network Rail to carry out a more far reaching study to start in the next couple of months. The Council intend to consult local business particularly Bristol Sport and the Friends of Ashton Gate Station in October prior to the start of the study to ensure accurate and up to date local information is used in the calculation of future passenger forecasts.
Bristol City Council have sent us a footprint plan of the station (see here) which will allow a station which includes a bay platform and spur line for terminating trains (ie football specials travelling to and from the Ashton Gate stadium.