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Temporary closure of footpath at Filton Abbey Wood Station

Posted on Saturday 6th May 2017 at 11:53 pm by SH (Editor)

Sign warning of footpath closure at Filton Abbey Wood Station.

Passengers at Filton Abbey Wood Station are being reminded that the footpath between the car park and the platforms is to close temporarily from Sunday 7th May.

The closure, which will run until autumn 2017, is to allow engineering works to be safely carried out.

Pedestrians will need to follow a signed diversion route from the car park in Emma Chris Way, along Nutfield Grove and through the grounds of Nutfield House to join the footbridge to the platforms.

Network Rail project management assistant Rebecca Tipper said:

“Passengers should allow around an extra ten minutes to ensure they safely catch their trains. We would like to thank them in advance for their patience while this work is carried out.”

The diversion only affects passengers arriving on the car park side of the station.

In addition, cabins will be placed in the station car park to accommodate the team carrying out the work. As a result, fewer spaces will be available and spaces reserved for drivers with disabilities will be relocated within the car park.

Due to planned work between Bristol Parkway and Bristol Temple Meads, a rail replacement service will operate from Filton Abbey Wood from:

  • 23:45 Saturday 6th May to 04:45 Monday 8th May
  • 23:45 Saturday 13th May to 04:45 Monday 15th May
  • 23:45 Saturday 20th May to 04:45 Monday 2nd2 May

The rail replacement point is at the main entrance of the station on Emma Chris Way.

More: Map showing diversion route »

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Residents invited to Filton drop-in event as railway upgrade work approaches

Posted on Tuesday 13th September 2016 at 9:28 pm by SH (Editor)

Network Rail workers in action on a station platform.

Filton residents are invited to attend a drop-in event to find out more about the next steps in Network Rail’s plan to upgrade the railway in the Bristol area, including the construction of a fourth platform at Filton Abbey Wood Station.

The event will take place at Filton Community Centre, Elm Park  (BS34 7PS) on Thursday 15th September, between 5pm and 8pm. Members of the Network Rail project team will be on hand throughout to explain the plans and to answer any questions.

Poster advertising a drop-in session for railway upgrade work in Filton and Horfield.

Work is due start next month at Filton Abbey Wood Station and in the neighbouring Horfield Cutting as part of the project to double the number of tracks between Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway from two to four.

The scheme will allow more trains to operate, reduce journey times and allow for trackside maintenance work to be undertaken without disrupting services, as well as allowing more freight services to operate. It also allows for electrification of the line, which will enable the introduction of a fleet of quieter, greener, faster electric trains.

To accommodate the new trains, a fourth platform will be built at Filton Abbey Wood Station with ramped access to the existing footbridge. To support the embankment, a retaining wall will be built between the new platform and the residential area that backs onto the railway. This phase of the work is due to take a year before Network Rail’s ‘orange army’ will return to extend the three existing platforms and lay the new track.

More: Approved plans available on South Glos Council website »

Nutfield Grove bus link feasibility study to be published in April

Posted on Wednesday 23rd January 2013 at 10:26 am by SH (Editor)

Filton bus services.

A report on the feasibility of constructing a bus link between Filton Avenue and Filton Abbey Wood Station via Nutfield Grove is to be published by South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) in April.

The news was revealed in reply to a question tabled at a recent SGC Planning, transport and Strategic Environment Committee meeting by Filton District Councillor Roger Hutchinson.

Chris Sane, Head of Transport and Strategic Planning, explained:

“Earlier this year, the Council committed within its Capital Programme to undertake a some feasibility work to determine the potential costs involved in improving bus access to the station so that potential funding streams can be identified if possible in the future. Therefore, we are currently preparing a feasibility design and detailed cost estimate for the construction of a bus link between Filton Avenue and Abbey Wood Station via Nutfield Grove. The design and cost estimate are programmed to be completed by the end of March 2013 and the findings will be reported in April 2013.”

Cllr Hutchinson also asked for feedback and information about whether the bus lane on Filton Avenue is working effectively. He was told:

“The bus lane on Filton Avenue was implemented as part of the Greater Bristol Bus Network in order to improve the reliability of services. The bus lane is used and supported by both Wessex and First Group whose services use the bus lane. Through officer observation the bus lane appears to be working successfully although we are aware that there is some abuse of the lane reported by First buses (car drivers using sections of the bus lane). We are currently investigating options for assessing and overcoming this issue.”

More: Jack Lopresti MP meets transport campaigners at station »

MP gives cautious support for Filton Abbey Wood rail/bus interchange

Posted on Wednesday 5th December 2012 at 12:47 pm by SH (Editor)

Jack Lopresti, MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke.

Filton and Bradley Stoke MP Jack Lopresti says he supports, “in theory”, calls from a local union activist for improved facilities at Filton Abbey Wood railway station.

Responding to a recent letter in the Bristol Post, in which rail union member Dave Wood called for the station to made into a rail and bus interchange and for a park and ride facility to be constructed at the nearby Abbey Wood Retail Park, Mr Lopresti says he has already been in touch with Councillors and Government Ministers on the matter.

Mr Lopresti told The Journal:

“I am, of course, supportive of improving transport infrastructure for Filton residents, like myself, and have previously informed Mr Wood that I will look into the specifics of a rail and bus interchange at Filton Abbey Wood, and get back to him once the practicalities of such a move have been established.”

“To this end, I have been in touch with local Councillors, and South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) to flesh out the practicalities of a rail and bus interchange, as well as a park and ride. Therefore whilst I do appreciate Mr Wood’s calls, and support the ideas in theory, it would be irresponsible for SGC to plough ahead when there are practical issues which still need to be addressed.”

The MP added that he has written to Ministers and raised questions in Parliament regarding what the Government can do to support improvements in local infrastructure and says he will “continue to apply pressure wherever I can in order to secure the very best deal for transport and infrastructure in our local area”.

On a related matter, Mr Lopresti said he is pleased that the Department for Transport has agreed to carry out a feasibility study into the benefits and costs of having a full Henbury Loop line (rather than the ‘spur’ that is currently proposed), which would bring “huge benefits for the local rail infrastructure in north Bristol”.

Related link: Public Transport in Filton (The Journal)

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