COMMENT: Arena is at last in touching distance
After today's news that Bristol could get its long-awaited arena by 2016, here Post editor Mike Norton says it's about time - and the arena could really put Bristol on the map.
WE have been talking about a Bristol arena for more than a decade. And now, at last, it is within touching distance. Make no mistake the proposed arena for Temple Meads will not only put Bristol on the map it will put us ahead of the vast majority.
For too long we have been a cultural backwater with many of the big name acts and groups passing us by and performing in venues at city's smaller than ours because there is no where in Bristol which can host their concerts.
People living here have had no choice other than to travel to Cardiff, Birmingham or London to see their favourite performers.
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But come 2016 we will be able to stage the biggest shows in the country.
And audiences will be able to see a concert and travel home in a matter of minutes afterwards especially if we can develop our local rail network.
For those travelling further afield they will face only a short walk to Temple Meads station.
From a public transport point of view the former Bath Road diesel depot is a perfect site for the arena.
And on top of that it will begin the regeneration of an area which has stood embarrassingly neglected and derelict for many years.