Residents asked for views on design of Ashley Down station
by Keri Beckingham
A CONSULTATION has been launched to select the design for the proposed Ashley Down Rail Station.
Reopening the station, on the site of the former Ashley Hill Station, will provide an alternative route into Bristol City Centre from Bishopston and St Andrews.
As part of a public consultation, Bristol City Council’s Transport Engagement team have shared details of the improvements and changes needed to support access to the station, which is part of the MetroWest Phase 2 project to re-open the Henbury Line to passengers for the first time since 1964. It is also part of the West of England Combined Authority’s plans to significantly increase travel by rail and improve air quality in the region.
It is hoped that improvements to walking and cycling access at the station will benefit all members of the community, including realigning and reducing the gradient of paths to the station entrance.
Proposals for the design also include replacing three parking spaces on Station Road with two on-street accessible bays for Blue Badge holders and one loading bay; however there will be no additional parking created for the station.
The design and build of the station is being managed by Network Rail, with a proposed opening date of 2023.
Sharing their views on the proposals, a spokesman for Friends of Suburban Bristol Railways said: “It's very good to see progress at last towards opening Ashley Down train station. The new station, as part of MetroWest, will play an important part in Bristol's transition to zero carbon by 2030, allowing local people direct access to the rail network.
“The changes to Concorde Way will make it better for passing walkers and cyclists, while allowing rail passengers to safely access the station. We think it's vitally important that the new station is properly integrated with bus services though. Access from Ashley Down is good, but we'd also like to see improved access from Muller Road, including a bus stop near the Shaldon Road junction and a more welcoming entrance via Station Lane.”
Tom Brook, Labour councillor for Bishopston and Ashley Down added: “Improved public transport is a great way of helping to combat the climate emergency, improve air quality and increase social mobility. As such, I am delighted to see the council bring forward proposals for the new Ashley Down station.
“This will be a local station to serve our area, providing connections both within Bristol and beyond. The site is well placed to link into sustainable options for onward travel, such as cycling and buses. The consultation is seeking the views of nearby residents and prospective users of the station, to ensure the design is developed with everyone’s needs in mind.”
Bristol City Council want to hear residents’ views about the proposed design improvements and changes to support access to the station through an online survey. This can be found at: https://bit.ly/3nTWreZ
In addition, the council are also offering 30 minute pre-booked tours of the proposed landscape design improvements. To book your place, visit: https://bit.ly/2H0Ni3C
Further information on the proposed design of access to Ashley Down Station and information about design decisions can also be found at: www.travelwest.info/ashleydownstation