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New platform officially opened at Bristol Parkway

Posted on Sunday 13th May 2018 at 10:42 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of transport secretary Chris Grayling unveiling a plaque to mark the official opening of the new platform.

Secretary of state for transport Chris Grayling was in Stoke Gifford on 13th April to officially open a new (fourth) platform at Bristol Parkway station.

The installation of the new platform is part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan in the west of England, representing a multi-million pound investment and including its biggest ever signalling upgrade which took place earlier this month in the Bristol area. The brand new platform 1 will allow for an increase in capacity on the network, enabling new services to be introduced and reducing delays.

Bristol Parkway is an important station in the west, servicing passengers from Wales and south west England as well as Birmingham, the Midlands and beyond. Train operating companies GWR and CrossCountry will benefit from the increased capacity on the network, and improvements to the track layout will be advantageous for freight companies such as Freightliner.

Unveiling a plaque to mark the official opening, transport secretary Chris Grayling said:

“We are investing in the biggest modernisation of the railways since the Victorian era, delivering better, more frequent and faster journeys for passengers.”

“This vital upgrade at Bristol Parkway is a fantastic example of how we are enhancing rail travel up and down the country, benefiting millions of passengers. These improvements will boost reliability, increase the number of trains serving Bristol and along the route, and also allow new intercity trains to stop at the station too.”

More: GWR will be releasing a new timetable in early 2019 »

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Herd of goats helping to increase butterfly population

Posted on Thursday 5th April 2018 at 6:53 pm by Laura Mortimore

The seven goats grazing near Parkway station.

South Gloucestershire Council has teamed up with local community group Street Goat to enhance an area of grassland and encourage wildlife to flourish. The site, which is located behind the Park and Ride car park on Hunts Ground Road, near Bristol Parkway Station, is normally covered with brambles but is now being cleared as the goats eat their way through it.

Four goats were introduced to the patch of land in January and have been working their way through the brambles and shrubs in order to encourage more wildflowers to grow. The purpose of this project is to increase the population of the small blue butterfly (Cupido minimus), an insect which has been declining over recent years and is classified as a ‘priority species’ in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan. This species of butterfly feeds solely on a wildflower called kidney vetch which grows at the site near the car park. With the goats clearing the brambles and shrubs, this makes way for more kidney vetch to grow which will then hopefully increase the numbers of small blue butterflies.

Kidney vetch is easily recognisable as clusters of small yellow flowers sitting atop little woolly cushions and the council will be able to see if the project has worked when the plants flower between June and September. To help speed up the process, four more goats have now been introduced onto the land, however, a female goat fell pregnant so she has been moved to join a herd of milking goats.  In total there are currently seven goats grazing in the area and creating space for the growth of the kidney vetch.

The goats are very friendly and members of the public are more than welcome to visit and feed them. If you would like to do so, it is asked that food given is placed in a bucket and not on the ground. They like to eat greens, such as:

  • Outer cabbage leaves
  • Kale
  • Brussels stalks
  • Broccoli
  • Carrot tops

More: Project follows similar one at Wick Golden Valley Nature Reserve »

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Overnight closures of Parkway Bridge between 12th and 20th March

Posted on Sunday 11th March 2018 at 6:24 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of a matrix sign displaying information about roadworks at Parkway Bridge.

Motorists and local residents are being advised to prepare for disruption caused by the planned overnight closure of roads in the vicinity of Parkway Station over a number of nights in March.

South Gloucestershire Council has announced that it plans to carry out major resurfacing work on Brierly Furlong and Hatchet Road between 12th and 20th March. The work will involve planing off the existing surface and the laying of a new surface.

Activity will start at around 8pm each night and continue until approximately 6am.

The council warns that the works will create “a significant amount of noise”.

The road through Parkway Railway Bridge will be closed from the junction of Hatchet Road and North Road to the junction of Brierly Furlong and the bus gate off New Road.

All traffic will be diverted around the area whilst the closures are in place. Access to properties and amenities fronting the site and whose only access is from the closed road, will be available at all times and every effort will be made to keep the disruption to local residents to a minimum. There will be no access to Parkway Station from Hatchet Road during the closure periods. All access to Parkway will be from the rear entrance (via Hunts Ground Road).

An SGC spokesperson said:

“Although alternative routes will be signposted whilst the works are in progress, it is possible that delays may occur on the surrounding network. Please watch the local press for any further news, but you are advised to avoid the area if possible for the duration of the works. South Gloucestershire Council apologises for any inconvenience caused by these essential works.”

More: Information on bus diversions and pedestrian access »

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Major work continues at Bristol Parkway

Posted on Wednesday 13th December 2017 at 6:59 pm by Laura Mortimore

Work on installing a new fourth platform at Bristol Parkway Station.

Network Rail has been continuing its Railway Upgrade Plan by carrying out some major work at Bristol Parkway Station, causing the station to be completely closed during the first three weekends of November.

As part of the Railway Upgrade Plan, Network Rail is electrifying the railway between London Paddington and Cardiff with the aim being to provide passengers with quieter, more frequent and more reliable services. After the closure of the station for two weeks in September, the first two ten-carriage IETs (Intercity Express trains) entered service on 16th October, travelling through both Bristol Parkway and Bristol Temple Meads stations. They have since travelled over 30,000 miles along the Great Western Railway network, providing 20,000 more seats into London Paddington than the trains they replaced.

During the first three weekends of November, Network Rail continued the work that they started in September. The work they were undertaking involved:

  • Continuing work on the construction of a fourth platform
  • Extending the existing three platforms to accommodate the new IETs
  • Continuing work to improve the track layout to allow more trains to use the station
  • Carrying out further piling (installing foundations along the route to support the overhead electrification equipment)

Part of the electrification works also involved closing the M4 near junction 19 overnight for what was anticipated to be the first two weekends in November. This was to allow Network Rail to install the overhead line equipment needed to run electric train services. Dean Shaw, media relations manager at Network Rail, said: “The work that took place over the M4 at the ‘Blue Bridge’ was a huge success. The work was completed much quicker than we anticipated, which meant that the motorway was only closed for the first weekend.”

More: Weekend piling work to continue through to February 2018 »

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