A new station must go in here as soon as possible
AGAIN with the arrival of good weather, there were massive crowds at the annual Bristol Balloon Festival at Ashton Court. People were queuing for more than two hours, unable to get in, they went home.
One family from Reading fell into the latter category. Having waited a couple of hours they could not get into the site so drove away.
This is a familiar scene.
It happens on a regular basis.
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The road infrastructure around Bower Ashton, Long Ashton, Ashton Gate is clogged up with motorists.
How much carbon dioxide is being pumped into the atmosphere with all those car engines idling?
Again organisers say they are sorry and apologise.
But this unhealthy trend will happen again, unless our decision makers, councillors, West of England Partnership councillors, the local MP Dawn Primarolo, and the mayor to be, step in and end this fiasco.
How? By deciding to build a new Ashton Gate railway station.
How is it millions of pounds can be found for motorway improvements at Junction 19 Gordano and 21 Weston-Super-Mare on the M5, but no Ashton Gate station?
Seriously this can't carry on any longer. Nearly all the rail infrastructure is in place on the Portishead line.
From Parson Street Junction, Bedminster, there is double track.
The track in question is short of 33 chains. That means under half a mile of new track is all that's needed.
All that is then required is some new signalling and a new station.
This should be classified as a high priority.
Our decision makers should put a good case for a new Ashton Gate station. There can be no excuses a new station must go in here as soon as possible.
Every year I write my local letter to the Bristol Post making the same point about a new station at Ashton Gate.
How much longer are we going to witness people queuing in hot cars with young children in soaring heat waiting over two hours to get into the Balloon Festival at Ashton Court then giving up and going home?
It is just not good enough.
Build a new Ashton Gate station.
This station is about five minutes walk to the festival, just think about the number of cars left home if people could catch a train to Ashton Gate.
David Wood works for the RMT (Rail Maritime and Transport Union) Bristol. He writes in a personal capacity.