Ashton, Ashton Vale and Southville are attractive areas to live and lie close to Bristol city centre. However, they are currently inadequately served by public transport – both bus and rail – despite being popular destinations for leisure activities such as football and rugby matches, events at Ashton Court, the theatre and comedy, eating out and shopping as well as a major place of work.
But now an opportunity exists to bring a regular rail service to the district. In 2019 the Portishead rail line that runs past the end of Barons Close (off Winterstoke Road) will be upgraded for new passenger services linking Bristol, Bath, Avonmouth and Portishead. New stations are being built at Pill and Portishead. Four trains an hour will pass through Ashton Gate.
A station linked into the local bus network would encourage visits to the area and promote the local economy. We believe trains must stop at Ashton Gate to allow residents, workers and visitors to come and go easily and comfortably whilst decreasing the strain on the heavily-used local road network.
A new station would bring substantial, long-term benefits to South West Bristol. Local people are increasingly turning to public transport and more rail services help to promote the city as a European Green Capital.
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