New rail station for Bristol in transport upgrade
BRISTOL'S first new railway station in 15 years is to be built at a park and ride near Avonmouth.
The new station, which will by served by the Severn Beach line, is part of a series of transport measures due to be discussed by the city council's cabinet next week.
The authority is planning to spend more than £11 million on improvements to complement the planned Bristol Metro and Bus Rapid Transit schemes.
Government grants worth more than £200 million have been awarded for a series of projects to upgrade transport in and around the city.
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The council's spending includes money to pay for the new railway station at the Portway Park and Ride site – the first since Filton Abbey Wood opened in 1997 – and funding to help pay for development of the Bristol Metro.
The Metro will be the biggest upgrade of rail services for more than 50 years and is also likely to see the reopening of a passenger rail link to Portishead.
The new station to link the park and ride site to Severn Beach line rail services is due to open in around a year.
Other improvements include:
â An extra £1 million over two years to speed up the fitting of residential road and street lights with white light lamps.
â An extra £1 million to speed up road repairs and resurfacing over the next three years, including resurfacing on 24 roads across the city.
â £5.7 million for improvements to bus stops across the city.
Tim Kent, the Liberal Democrat cabinet member with responsibility for transport, said: "This year has seen a massive injection of funding into Bristol's transport by both the city council and the Government.
"This means that we can move forward with major infrastructure improvements across the city – to roads, street lighting, bus stops, and also help fund local improvement schemes through a £2 million total grant pot.
"This is in addition to the projects we've already given the green light in recent months – 20mph roll out across the city and improvements to St James Barton roundabout."
At the same meeting the Cabinet will be asked to agree that £4.65 million be put forward out of the total £10 million allocated to the Bus Rapid Transit scheme from the Invest in Bristol package.
The money is needed to cover the costs of developing Bristol's three routes over the next 12 months. Funding will be needed to help pay towards planning and licence applications.
Mr Kent added: "A huge amount of work is happening to prepare the way for the start of the Bus Rapid Transit's three schemes in the city.
"We need to get everything in place so that the Government sign on the dotted line and grant full approval for the bids.
"We're determined to deliver this major transport infrastructure on time and budget."