Anyone travelling near Stapleton Road train station since the beginning of this year will know there have been major works being undertaken by Network Rail.
The work is all leading up to upgrading the route from two tracks to four. So far the viaduct near St Marks Road has been removed ready for a new bridge that will be suitable for four tracks.
During this work there has been significant disruption to Stapleton Road station, especially regarding access with confusing signage and very steep access points.
The latest news is that this will continue until April 2019 in order to finish upgrades. This includes some improvement to access but will still be quite steep at some points.
In March 2018, our local Councillors approved £200,000 of funding through the council’s Community Infrastructure Levy to carry out community-led improvements to the station. This was following suggestions from local people who attended our Festival of Solutions and Community Space meetings. The project will be led by Severnside Community Rail Partnership and will see improvements to routes to the platforms, benches, planting and making the station a more welcoming place as a gateway to our neighbourhood and the shopping streets of Stapleton Road and St Mark’s Road.
This work will begin after April once Network Rail have finished and we will be supporting Severnside Community Rail Partnership to ensure local people who use or live near the station can be involved. The Severnside Community Rail Partnership, Bristol City Council and the West of England Combined Authority have included Stapleton Road in it's nominations for stations to receive funding from the Department for Transport's Access for All scheme. If the nomination is successful the additional scheme will mean further improvements to ensure access across the whole station, including reaching the new island platform, making sure it is as easy as possible for everyone who wishes to use it.
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