Plans for Bristol Temple Meads revamp revealed
Plans for a major station redevelopment at Bristol Temple Meads have been revealed by Network Rail, constructionenquirer.comreports.
Network Rail is suggesting an expansion to the station concourse, which would allow for greater services and accommodate the 44 per cent increase in demand which has been forecast over the next ten years. Currently, a study is being undertaken into the feasibility of the proposals.
If permission is granted, the iconic station will receive two new platforms, new underground walkways and a new entrance to the eastern side. Work is also planned for surrounding infrastructure, including improvements to a nearby junction and increasing line speed.
The artist’s impression of the new station suggests that internal cladding is to be used on the new structure, allowing for natural light to filter into the building. Although details have not been confirmed, using internal wall cladding is a great way to modernise a building; providing a sleek and clean appearance – especially if using steel cladding.
Vital to the success of the city’s new enterprise zone
Speaking to building.co.uk, Patrick Hallgate, Network Rail’s route managing director, said: “
Growing Bristol’s railway is vital to the success of the city’s new enterprise zone. A robust rail infrastructure is vital to a thriving economy and the rail industry is poised to support Bristol with an integrated rail strategy.”
Should Network Rail get the go ahead, work is expected to commence in spring 2014 and complete in 2018 – to coincide with the launch of the high speed Bristol to London service.