More details have been revealed about the new railway station planned at Ashley Down as part of a major project to reopen the Henbury line.
It is one of three new stations to be built as part of the MetroWest Phase Two project which will see a passenger service return to the Henbury line for the first time in decades.
An hourly service will travel from Bristol Temple Meads to a new station at Henbury, built at a site just east of the A4018.
It will call at Lawrence Hill, Stapleton Road, the new station at Ashley Down, Filton Abbey Wood and the other new station at North Filton.
Phase two of the project also includes a half-hourly service for Yate local station on the Bristol Parkway to Gloucester line, through an additional service between Bristol Parkway and Yate.
The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) , which has influence over transport matters across the region and is one of the main decision makers in the MetroWest project, approved funding of £3.5million to develop a full business case for the project last week.
During Bristol City Council’s cabinet meeting on Tuesday (June 18) cabinet member for transport Kye Dudd, updated members on the project – which he said had not been brought to a Bristol cabinet meeting since 2013.
Speaking about the Ashley Down station, Cllr Dudd said there would be a public engagement around the design and access of the site.
He said all three new stations would need to have “high standards of accessibility such as disabled access”, but for Ashley Down in particular pedestrian and cycle access would need to be improved particularly at Station Road and Station Lane.
According to a report to cabinet, work would also need to take place to ensure “potential conflict between users on Concorde Way” was addressed in the design.
Speaking at the meeting, Cllr Dudd said the “infrastructure was key in supporting economic growth and housing growth across the West of England” and “reliable frequent transport services were an important part of this”.
Work is currently underway to open the new line known as the ‘Henbury Spur’ by 2021.