Parson Street Station celebrationDate: July 2009
On Friday 17 July, FOSBR celebrated the artwork by local pupils and the recent passenger increase on Parson Street station.
The head teacher, 2 school governors, Councilors Mark Bradshaw and Colin Smith, and the prize winning Severnside Community Rail Partnership team all saw this as an opportunity to:-
- celebrate the success of the Severnside Community Rail Partnership working with local communities.
- to take a tour led by the school students who created the bright yellow, red and orange mosaics at the entrance of the station and on the walls
- for FOSBR to speak about the Severn Beach Line investment having a positive impact on other local rail services such as Parson Street Station 100% passenger increase.
- to promote the vision of Parson Street Station as a transport hub for South Bristol. The journey from Parson Street to Weston-super-Mare is 31 minutes. Parson Street Station is on the line between Exeter and Cardiff and it is a junction to Ashton Gate Station and the longed for passenger rail service to Portishead.
- to promote local walking routes such as Parson Street Station to Long Ashton over Bedminster Down, around the crematory, along Colliter’s brook, following the railway line. The more adventurous can walk cross country on to Nailsea Station and return by train. None of this would have been possible without Bristol City Council and community support.
But Parson Street station is scraggy as these photos of vegetation growing on the track side show. FOSBR has contacted Network Rail Fault Control urging that they are cleared.
Julie Boston FOSBR Campaigns organizer 17 July 2009