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£33m scheme to double rail tracks in Bristol

The £33 million scheme will see lines between Temple Meads and Parkway increase from two to four through Stapleton Road and Lawrence Hill. Credit: ITV News West Country

Network Rail is to double the number of lines between Bristol's two main stations.

The £33 million scheme will see lines between Temple Meads and Parkway increase from two to four through Stapleton Road and Lawrence Hill.

The improvements will result in more train services and reduced journey times. It will also pave the way for the Henbury Loop to re-open.

Work will start in December.

This is an exciting time for the growing city of Bristol.

For the last two years we have been working closely with the city council to make sure this project becomes a reality and it’s great news that we are now only a matter of weeks away from the start of work on this vital upgrade.

The doubling of the tracks between Temple Meads and Parkway stations, together with our work to electrify the Great Western Main Line, will mean that passengers, residents and businesses in Bristol will benefit from an increase in services, reduced journey times and quieter, greener trains. All of this will help us to meet an increasing demand for rail travel and to continue to drive economic growth in the region.

– Andrew Haynes, Network Rail’s project director for the west of England

I welcome the commitment to enhance our rail infrastructure by restoring the lost tracks at Filton Bank and much else.

This will support the new faster electric services to London and South Wales, the vital connections towards Birmingham and HS2, and new capacity for growing our local MetroWest passenger and extra freight services.

I saw for myself the scale of the planned works and the extra capacity and resilience which will be the result. There will be disruption but the longer-term benefits will be considerable.

Network Rail, the DfT and our partnership of local authorities in the West of England area are committed to working together to make this happen.

– Cllr Mark Bradshaw, Assistant Mayor for Place including Transport at Bristol City Council

This four tracking is vital for our MetroWest plans to improve the local rail services, and it’s a real milestone getting it started.

The rail improvements, along with MetroBus, will provide so many more options for moving around and demonstrating to investors we are serious about investing locally.

– Cllr Brian Allinson, chair of the West of England Joint Transport Board and transport member for South Gloucestershire

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