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1 hour ago, TomF said:

The worst thing to happen to the line was it being reopened for frieght. It has made it so over complicated as there are litterally tons of paths scheduled on it. Yet most of them don't run these days - the biggest was the coal paths and most of these stopped when the coal fired power stations closed.

Totally agree, i beleive the draft timetable sees most of the freight paths moved to the night with one path every 2 hours from the port but only from 75mph freight as else wise it will not be at Parson Street before the passinger train needs to leave Pill, think the hole thing has ended up being a lot more complex than some thought when it was first talked of reopening it,

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4 hours ago, marmite said:

The point is that the basic set up is in place already. It needs upgrading yes but there is ne need to buy much land or purchase and demolish property as per Crossrail. Its just the West Country backwater syndrome again when it comes to investment. Country bumkins are running the asylum in these 'ere parts!!

The track bed needs to be completely relayed,

the are needs resignalling there needs to be radio masts installed for cab radio coverage,

tunnels need relining/upgrading, 

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17 hours ago, marmite said:

The point is that the basic set up is in place already. It needs upgrading yes but there is ne need to buy much land or purchase and demolish property as per Crossrail. Its just the West Country backwater syndrome again when it comes to investment. Country bumkins are running the asylum in these 'ere parts!!

The problem is that in London we are viewed as country bumpkins and not deemed worthy of any investment, plus it is assumed rightly that we won't put up much of a fuss if things don't happen - like pulling the electrification through Bath to Temple Meads. Must explain in part how Liam Fox is still MP for North Somerset.....

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1 hour ago, Drew Peacock said:

It would help if the people proposing could make their mind up instead of coming up with ideas like rail trams.

I still suspect there won't be an Ashton Gate stop.

Sure someone had alluded to the point that there wouldn't be an Ashton Gate stop as it would be "too busy" on match days. 

Similarly to the Ricoh. 

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1 hour ago, Drew Peacock said:

It would help if the people proposing could make their mind up instead of coming up with ideas like rail trams.

I still suspect there won't be an Ashton Gate stop.

Correct - this is England after all where the powers that be make decisions of zero benefit to the populace.

And don't get me started on Bristol Stadium no longer being at Temple Meads.........

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When I was last involved with this a couple of years ago, the planned site for the AG station was just behind the car showroom on the Winterstoke Rd. But there were real doubts at the time as to whether there would be a station there as part of the first phase of the new line development. Not sure how up to date this site is, but you can get full info here: http://ashtongatestation.org.uk/?page_id=82

 

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1 hour ago, Dave L said:

When I was last involved with this a couple of years ago, the planned site for the AG station was just behind the car showroom on the Winterstoke Rd. But there were real doubts at the time as to whether there would be a station there as part of the first phase of the new line development. Not sure how up to date this site is, but you can get full info here: http://ashtongatestation.org.uk/?page_id=82

 

Thanks. Fingers crossed!

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If the news has taught us anything over the last three years, it’s  “Beware of Politicians bearing gifts prior to an election”. For after the vote, you don’t see them or their promises for dust. 

Vote in haste, repent at leisure. Or in this case, sit in traffic on the Portbury  hundreds for years to come. 

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As someone that lives only 50 metres from the station, on a purely selfish note hope to god they bring in a resident parking scheme as people will flood into the village from Portbury, Easton in Gordano, and ham green, it's bad enough trying to park now god knows what it will be like when the station opens.

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From my understanding for phase 1 of this scheme, there was no station at Ashton Gate. Obviously that decision was made some time ago, possibly before the upgrade of the stadium and certainly before the arena was proposed. There could be a station if there was a stipulation for Section 106 funding from the arena development to build one or potentially if SL pushed hard enough and offered funding anyway. 

However knowing Bristol (actually the whole of the UK), don't expect sensible, logical joined up thinking, instead a expect piecemeal, not properly thought through bodge that satisfies no one. In other words, even if there was a station, services wouldn't run  at times to make it of any use for most people going to and from the stadium or arena. Cynical? Maybe. Realistic? Absolutely!!

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11 hours ago, RedLionLad said:

 

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If you look to your left on A370 going into Bristol you’ll see if just as the A369 traffic joins.

Theres still platforms down by the old A&S police and dogs unit as well which was Clifton Bridge station. Lot more disused stations (ie closed before line closed) along the line that you’d imagine 

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4 hours ago, TomF said:

If you look to your left on A370 going into Bristol you’ll see if just as the A369 traffic joins.

Theres still platforms down by the old A&S police and dogs unit as well which was Clifton Bridge station. Lot more disused stations (ie closed before line closed) along the line that you’d imagine 

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I'll have a single to Paradise Bottom please! 

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