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Bristol Temple Meads station set for revamp

Bristol Temple Meads station set for revamp
Bristol Temple Meads train station is set for major renovation work as part of Network Rail's upgrade of the Great Western railway.

The area's rail network is set to be improved and electrified in the coming weeks and Network Rail believe it will to help improve Bristol's links with London, the south-west, Wales and the north of England.

It is currently carrying out a feasibility study in to the possible improvements that can be conducted to ease congestion at one of the country's busiest train stations.

As part of the proposals Network Rail has outlined a number of upgrades that will boost the look and logistical operations around the station. These include expanding the capacity of Bristol Temple Meads, easing congestion of current and predicted passenger numbers, a new "light and airy" subway extension which will improve the look of the station as well as improving retail opportunities for locals businesses.

The organisation also wants to revamp the Digby Wyatt shed to its former glory as well as reopening two previously disused platforms to increase train services.

Patrick Hallgate, Network Rail route managing director for Western said: "Redeveloping the station into a world-class rail gateway, with excellent rail links, will be significant to help position the new business district as an ideal location for investment, whilst boosting economic growth and catering for growing rail demand."

Network Rail also announced last year that Manchester Victoria, once voted the worst train station in the UK, was to get a major revamp. The station, the second largest in the city behind Piccadilly, had become dilapidated in places and is in urgent need of repair.

A £16 million investment by the rail organisation, adding to the £4 million contributed by Transport for Greater Manchester, is designed to create a station that reflects Manchester's "vibrant city centre". The plans include a new roof, station upgrades and electrification and are due to be completed in the winter of 2019.  

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Date: 30/04/2012 14:23:32

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