A4 Portway park and ride

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Portway Park and Ride
Bristol MMB «36 Portway Park & Ride.jpg
Location
Locale Shirehampton, Bristol
Local government Bristol
Coordinates 51°29′27″N 2°41′21″W / 51.4908°N 2.6891°W / 51.4908; -2.6891Coordinates: 51°29′27″N 2°41′21″W / 51.4908°N 2.6891°W / 51.4908; -2.6891
Operation
Opened 2002
Managed by Bristol City Council
Operators CT Plus
Intermodal connection No

The Portway Park and Ride site is located on the A4 Portway at Shirehampton, to the North West of Bristol, England, adjacent to junction 18 of the M5 motorway.

History[edit]

The site opened in April 2002 with 300 car parking spaces. There had been considerable opposition from local residents.[1] The site was expanded in 2008 to provide 830 car parking spaces to coincide with the opening of the Cabot Circus shopping mall in Broadmead.[2] Up until April 2007 services were operated by First. Currently, services are provided by CT Plus.

Service[edit]

One service operates from the site, number 902. The site opens at 6am with the first bus leaving at 6:15am on weekdays and 7:30am on Saturday. The last bus leaves Bristol city centre at 8:48pm on weekdays and 7pm on Saturday. The site closes at 9:30pm. There is no service on Sundays and bank holidays.[3] The 902 leaves the site every 15 minutes, excluding between 7am to 9am and 3:30pm to 6pm when the service increases to every 12 minutes.[4]

Expansion[edit]

Severn Beach train in the background, passing the park-and-ride site

In 2009 it was proposed that a railway station should be built on the Severn Beach railway line which passes the park and ride site.[5] The plan is supported by Friends of Suburban Bristol Railways and the Bristol branch of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers.[6][7] The plan was approved in October 2012 and initially expected to open the following summer.[8] Following delays, it was announced in August 2014 that the station is now due to open in April 2016.[9]

Preceding station Future services Following station
Shirehampton   Greater Western passenger franchise
Severn Beach Line
  Avonmouth

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff (15 April 2002). "£2m park-and-ride opens". BBC News (London: BBC). Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Staff (23 September 2008). "Bristol park-and-ride sites beefed up for Cabot Circus traffic". This Is Bristol. Bristol News and Media Ltd. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Bristol Portway park and ride". TravelWest. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "902 Timetable". Travelline South West. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  5. ^ Bristol Evening Post (13 January 2009). "Railway station could be built at Portway park and ride". Evening Post. Northcliffe Media. Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
  6. ^ "Council leader's claim is a distortion of the facts". This is Bristol. Northcliffe Media. 29 July 2011. Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "Soapbox: Severn Beach Line". This is Bristol. Northcliffe Media. 30 December 2008. Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "Station plan for park-and-ride". Bristol Post. 5 October 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Call for Sunday operation as Portway Park and Ride station date confirmed.". Bristol Post. 11 August 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 

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