St Annes Park station is a proposed stop between Bristol Temple Meads and Keynsham, on the main line to Bath. It could provide a high quality public transport service in an area where road links are poor.
Strategic Outline Business Case submitted. The strategic case for a station here is strong, but the financial case based on the government’s preferred method of modelling is considered to be very weak.
FoSBR publish results of survey to find out how people would use a new station at St Annes Park.
Over 100 people responded. Most said they would get there on foot. Four out of five people said they would use a new train service to get to shops, to leisure destinations or to see friends, and about two thirds said they’d use it to get to work or a place of education. Three quarters of those responding said they currently make some or all of these journeys by car.
Only one person said they’d drive to the station!
Kerry McCarthy, supported by Councillor Tim Rippington, submits successful bid to the Ideas Fund of the Department for Transport (DfT) Restoring Your Railway scheme. This scheme was set up to help develop proposals to reopen closed railway lines and stations. The DfT Ideas Fund will contribute 75% of costs up to £50,000 to create a business case. Future funding to develop the project will be subject to agreement of the business case.
The new station’s catchment area would extend to St Philips, Brislington, Redfield, and to St George using a new river crossing for pedestrians and cycle users.
The scheme proposal is included in WECA’s 10-year rail plan.
WECA refer to potential station at St Annes Park in their Joint Local Transport Plan, JLTP4.
West of England Joint Transport Study says consideration should be given to the case for reopening the station.
Potential for relocating the station to a site west of Langton Court Road is raised. The original station was east of the Newbridge Road bridge. The alternative location, a few hundred metres closer to Bristol Temple Meads, would allow more space for passing loops and platforms and permit fast services to have priority on the main Bristol-Bath line.
FoSBR adds the station to its Plan for Rail map, joining local campaigners to help raise the profile of their campaign.
Local MP Kerry McCarthy organises packed public meeting and gives plans to reopen station her full support.
St Annes Park station closes, along with other local services to the east of Bristol.