Bristol Parkway railway station

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Bristol Parkway railway station is situated in Stoke Gifford in the northern suburbs of Bristol, England. It is part of the British railway system owned by Network Rail, and is managed by First Great Western.

In the Strategic Rail Authority’s 2008/09 financial year report, Bristol Parkway was the 200th most-used station in the UK.



Bristol Parkway was built in the 1970s to give Bristol a station on the railway from London to South Wales, which passes just north of the city. There were several reasons for positioning a new station at Stoke Gifford: trains to London were quicker than on the longer route from Temple Meads, via Bath and Chippenham before reaching Swindon; a larger car park than at Temple Meads could be provided; the population on the northern fringes of the city was growing, especially with the building of a new town at Bradley Stoke; and it was within easy access of the M4 and M5 motorways. The name "Parkway" has since been applied to other out-of-town stations of a Park and ride nature, despite its presumable original reference to the Bristol Parkway, the nearby M32 motorway running through parkland.

The station opened on 1 May 1972[1] with temporary buildings. When a permanent station was built, it was architecturally unimpressive: a single low building on the north side of the tracks at the far west end, with footbridge access over the "goods loop" tracks to the two long platforms. The East-West layout of the platforms and the fact the station is at the top of a low rise from prevailing winds from the West, together with the original 2 platforms being shuttered in from the goods loops meant that passengers were left standing in a 'wind tunnel'.[citation needed] The original waiting rooms were located some way from the footbridge and were very small.

On 1 July 2001 a new building and footbridge opened, still on the north side but near the middle of the platforms, with lifts for disabled access to the platforms and a larger refreshment and waiting area on an upper level. The redevelopment cost Network Rail over £4 million. In January 2007 construction started on the third platform, opened as platform 4 in May 2007

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