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  1. I believe so and it was a no Is there really the demand for it? We've already seen the impact that it has on the rest of the ground trying to put all these people into one area of the ground
  2. Am I the only one that has flashbacks of cub scout camps singing this?
  3. I would guess it was tied in with planning permissions Can remember when there were plans for the new Ashton Vale ground there was lots written in about how the club had to provide specific numbers of coaches from around the area to get people to the new ground, would guess it was a carrot dangled to the council to allow certain works to be done?
  4. Interesting to read that Eddie Jones is planning on holding a "clear the air session" with his squad whilst at their warm weather training later in the weel, so to ensure that there are no "issues" between any of the squad
  5. It will be a very emotional time too
  6. Bosses at Ashton Gate Stadium say they are trying and so far failing to persuade council leaders to improve the transport links to their stadium. The chairman of Ashton Gate said they have asked council chiefs to work towards reopening the old Ashton Gate station and move the Metrobus stop named Ashton Gate closer to the stadium, but have been ‘unable to get a commitment’. Ashton Gate bosses are understood to be looking to Bristol City Council and the West of England Combined Authority (Weca) to step up and improve the public transport links. The stadium bosses have asked Weca to press on with plans for the reopening of the Ashton Gate station, and asked Bristol City Council to consider moving the nearest Metrobus stop nearer the ground. One of the biggest issues surrounding the stadium is people getting there, parking and public transport, and those issues will only increase if, or when Ashton Gate gets the go-ahead for its £100 million Sporting Quarter plans. The stadium is in the unusual position of being very close to two public transport lines - the Portishead railway line and the m2 Long Ashton to city centre metrobus route - but neither stop at the stadium itself. The stadium is in the south west corner of Bristol, with only one local regular bus route and the nearest station almost a mile away at Parson Street in Bedminster. Parson Street is well-used on matchdays, and passenger numbers generally have increased hugely there in the past few years. The last time Bristol City played in the top flight of English football, in the late 1970s, the closed-down Ashton Gate station was reopened for matchdays too. Ashton Gate Stadium told local residents living near the stadium that improving public transport was a priority for them, but that it needed local authority backing too. Ashton Gate station The plans to reopen the Portishead railway line for passenger trains have been given the go-ahead by the Government and WECA, with work commencing in the second half of 2021. But that does not include reopening Ashton Gate station - something stadium bosses said was ‘unfortunate’. There has been a long-running campaign to get the station opened, and widespread disappointment that the Portishead rail link plan does not include a reopened station there. “We had hoped that a business case would be made to support this public transport improvement,” said a stadium spokesperson. “We remain convinced that a station at this location presents a unique and overwhelming opportunity to create a co-ordinated and holistic approach to public transport in this part of Bristol,” she added. Bristol City Council is backing the reopening of the station - work to build new homes on council-owned land in Ashton Vale next to the Alderman Moore Allotments left space for a new station to be included. But it is Weca and its MetroWest rail improvement project that could ultimately see Ashton Gate Station reopened. A spokesperson for Weca said it was possible, but nothing concrete was planned. “A new station for Ashton Gate station isn’t included in MetroWest Phase 1, but it is listed in the draft Joint Local Transport Plan as a potential future station,” he said. “Proposals for redevelopment around Ashton Gate could improve a future business case for a new station, depending on the extent and nature of development put forward by developers," he added. Ashton Gate metrobus The other transport line close to Ashton Gate is the metrobus - but the nearest stop is on the other side of the Brunel Way dual carriageway, on the other side of Paxton Drive. Even though it is called Ashton Gate, it is around 600m from the stadium. “We have also proposed that the metrobus stop at the rear of Paxton Drive be moved about 200m south, so that it was nearer and more convenient to the stadium, and easier to access by local residents,” the Ashton Gate spokesperson said. “Unfortunately, we have been unable to get a commitment to do this yet, but hope that we can persuade the council of the merits of doing so as we redevelop the land next to the stadium. “We continue to look for ways in which public transport provision to and from the stadium can be improved, and will continue to seek dialogue with Weca and the council to see how this can be achieved,” she added. Soon after it opened, metrobus bosses admitted that the m2 Long Ashton to city centre line was not designed for the mass transit of people attending events or matches at Ashton Gate - the way the metrobus route was constructed, with its controversial ‘guided rail’ system on the stretch from the Ashton Swing Bridge to the park and ride, meant there is not the capacity for any more buses to be laid on to cope with crowds of people going to or from the stadium. Bristol Live asked Bristol City Council what the council’s position on the stadium’s proposal to move the metrobus stop, how much it would cost to achieve, and who should pay for it. Bristol City Council’s response ignored two of those questions, and the council merely said it had 'no plans' to move the bus stop. "We have no plans to move the bus stop," a council spokesperson said. Ashton Gate Stadium Ltd and Bristol City Council are working together on other transport issues, however. The stadium is part-funding work to install parking restrictions and double yellow lines on roads near the stadium, mainly along Duckmoor Road, to improve local access while matches are on. What Ashton Gate says Martin Griffiths, the chairman of Ashton Gate Stadium said there was ‘considerable scope’ to improve things more. “We are continually working to improve transport to and from Ashton Gate Stadium,” he said. “Our matchday bus use has trebled since the first year we introduced the services and four times as many people are now arriving to the stadium by bike. We have made progress with train transport but, of course, the only way to really make the most of rail access is to have a station at Ashton Gate. “We have also agreed to a council request to fund approximately 2.8 km of parking restrictions to prevent dangerous parking at junctions and especially narrow route ways in the streets around the stadium. "Whilst this is good news and it is great to see positive progress, we believe there is considerable scope to make more progress by moving the metroBus stop at Paxton Drive closer to the stadium and ensuring that the first stage of the Temple Meads to Portishead rail project includes a station at Ashton Gate. “This is the path to a valuable public transport hub here which would additionally benefit many local residents. "We have further initiatives we will be bringing forward as part of the development of the new Sports and Convention Centre as we continue to explore innovative ways of moving from car use to alternative modes of transport,” he added. TAKEN FROM: https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/ashton-gate-frustration-station-metrobus-3759890
  7. It's not a bad thing, all those other sides will be weekend by players playing the six nations
  8. Dutch lads over from Willem and a few of our older fans that don't go to many home games Always a pleasure to meet up with the guys from Tilburg
  9. I believe it's because it's a sleeper service? Have seen it on a late train from Temple Meads to Weston on screens at nailsea and yatton the train is advertised as drop off only
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