Secretary of State for transport Chris Grayling officially opened Bristol Parkway’s newest platform today, which is hoped will allow for more frequent train services and reduced delays.
The new platform 1 is part of Network Rail’s multi-million pound investment and includes its largest ever signalling upgrade, which closed Bristol Temple Meads station over Easter.
Bristol Parkway is an important station for the Western region and services passengers from Wales and the South West as well as Birmingham, the Midlands and beyond.
Great Western Railway and CrossCountry should benefit from the increased capacity of the network and improvements to the track layout.
While unveiling a plaque for the official opening 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.”
There are further plans for rail modernistation around Bristol in 2018 including stabilisation of embankments in Ashley Hill, reconstruction at Easton Road and instillation of a new Stapleton Road viaduct.