A railway station at Ashton Gate is nothing new, of course. There has been one for over 100 years. Here is a brief history:
- The station was built in Bower Ashton, behind the present bus stop. You can still see the platforms below you from the bridge on Brunel Way.
- It has seen more openings and closures than any other station in Bristol!
- It opened after Bristol City were promoted to the old first division in 1906, and was known as ‘The Platform’.
- It was then closed in 1917 because of wartime austerity, but opened again in 1926 with the aim of encouraging passengers onto the Portishead line.
- On match days three or four trains came from the Bristol area, in addition to ‘football specials’ from all parts of the country.
- After the Second World War use of the station declined, and in 1964 stopped altogether when regular passenger services on the line were withdrawn.
- During the 1970s the station was used again for football specials
- The station had a brief new lease of life in 1984 when it was used to bring passengers to Billy Graham’s evangelical ‘Mission England’ campaign at Ashton Gate stadium.
(Based on information in ‘Bristol Suburban’ by Mike Oakley, by kind permission of Redcliffe Press.)