Station plan for park-and-ride
PLANS to create a railway halt at the Portway park-and-ride site have been given the go-ahead.
The £500,000 project, which will see a platform created on the Severn Beach line, was approved at a meeting of the city council's cabinet last night.
The city council says the Portway halt will be the first "station" to be opened in Bristol for more than 15 years.
Opening next summer, the council says the halt will improve access to Bristol Temple Meads, Temple Quay and the new Enterprise Zone.
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Mike Wheeler, an organiser for the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association, called for the new platform to be manned by a member of rail staff.
Tim Kent, city councillor responsible for transport, said that the council was considering staffing options.
He said: "There wouldn't be a permanent guard but could be someone with mixed responsibilities."
Mr Kent added that the new platform marked the first "real" investment into the proposed Bristol Metro project.