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Temple Meads to become 'world-class'

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Temple Meads to become 'world-class'

 Bristol Temple Meads is set to become "a world-class rail gateway", according to Network Rail.

A high-level feasibility study led by Network Rail is currently being carried out to determine the viability of expanding the station and increasing services.

Included in the proposals are plans to reinstate two disused platforms, improve access and extend the subway running under the station.

Speaking at the opening of the new Enterprise Zone at Temple Meads last Friday (April 27th), Patrick Hallgate from Network Rail believes improvements to the station are vital to support economic growth.

"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," he said.

This development forms just part of the long-term plan for Bristol's railways, with electrification earmarked for completion in 2017 and the launch of super express services in Bristol as part of the government's Intercity Express Programme set for 2018.

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