The Secretary of State for Transport visited Bristol Temple Meads railway station the day past to assist plans to transform the place’s railways with extra standard services, new train stations and higher rail connections throughout the West of England.

Chris Grayling MP, met with West of England Mayor Tim Bowles and Mark Langman, Network Rail’s handling director of Wales and Western, to discuss the Bristol East Junction task, which goals to dramatically improve ability and performance on the rail community in and out of Bristol Temple Meads.
The scheme is a key part of the MetroWest plan to enhance rail services across the location. It would provide the potential to function half of the hourly offerings at the Severn Beach to Bath Spa and Westbury strains, half of the hourly services to Yate and beyond to Gloucester, and hourly services on the reopened Henbury line. It might also support our plans to open new train stations in Portishead, Henbury, Portway, North Filton, Ashley Down and Charfield.

Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, stated: “The improve to Bristol East Junction is a critical a part of the MetroWest programme to construct a proper commuter rail community for Bristol. I hope it’s going to make a real difference to congestion within the city as greater commuters get the educate in destiny.”
West of England Mayor, Tim Bowles, stated: “It’s superb to have the Transport Secretary’s support for the multi-million-pound improvements at Bristol East Junction. I need the West of England to have the rail network it deserves to assist lessen congestion, enhance air nice and maintain people transferring. This is a without a doubt wonderful step in the right path to deliver a delivery network suit for the destiny.

“The paintings at Bristol East Junction will suggest we can open new railway lines and stations, reaping benefits citizens and helping our place to prosper. Rail is a key part of my ambition to improve public transport within the location, giving people greater sustainable approaches to the journey.”
Bristol East Junction might additionally convey broader performance and reliability blessings for the brand new four trains an hour service between Bristol Temple Meads and London Paddington, cross us of services to the Midlands, North and South West, local services to South Wales, the South Coast and South West and freight services.

Mark Langman, Network Rail’s dealing with director of Wales and Western, said: “The Bristol East Junction will also unencumber capacity at the network, constructing on the enhancements that have recently been made. We have doubled the range of tracks between Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway, built new structures at Bristol Parkway and completed the biggest ever resignalling scheme to improve reliability.

“It may also allow MetroWest with new offerings, using economic boom within the metropolis and more comprehensive place and offering citizens a green opportunity to travelling by automobile.
“The Transport Secretary’s support for the scheme offers a remarkable improvement to the long-term vision for Bristol’s railway and will transform rail journey for passengers across the location.”

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