Ashton Gate railway station

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Ashton Gate
Ashton to Portishead Railway Line d 2012 - Flickr - Greater Bristol Metro Rail.jpg
The disused station pictured in 2012.
Place Ashton Gate
Area City of Bristol
Original company Great Western Railway
Pre-grouping Great Western Railway
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
Platforms 2
15 September 1906 Station partly opens as Ashton Gate Platform
1 October 1910 Station fully opens
1917 Station closed
23 May 1926 Station reopens
August 1928 Station renamed Ashton Gate
29 October 1962 Station renamed Ashton Gate Halt
7 September 1964 Station closed
29 September 1970 Station reopens
by 1984 Station closed
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Coordinates: 51°26′30″N 2°37′32″W / 51.441598°N 2.625482°W / 51.441598; -2.625482

Ashton Gate station is located in Bristol
Ashton Gate station
Ashton Gate station
Ashton Gate station, Bristol

Ashton Gate railway station was a railway station serving the Ashton Gate area of Bristol, England, which included Ashton Gate football ground, the home ground of Bristol City F.C.. It was located on the Portishead Railway.


Opened by the Great Western Railway, the station closed due to economies during the First World War. It then passed on to the Western Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948. It was then closed by the British Railways Board in 1964, then briefly reopened for traffic to the football ground until 1977, and temporarily re-opened in May 1984 to serve Mission England, a series of evangelical rallies by Billy Graham at the football ground.[1]

Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Parson Street   Great Western Railway
Portishead Railway
  Clifton Bridge
Line open, Station closed

The site today[edit]

The line through the former station still exists but in spite of attempts at passenger re-opening carries only freight for the Royal Portbury Dock.[2]


The Portishead Branch Line through Ashton Gate is due to be reopened as part of the Greater Bristol Metro, a rail transport plan which aims to enhance transport capacity in the Bristol area.[3][4][5] The scheme could see the reopening of Ashton Gate, with an aspiration of two trains per hour in peak periods.[6][7][8] Network Rail stated that it was not feasible to build the station during the initial stage of the project, but that the scheme will be future-proofed to allow the construction of a station at a later date.[9]


  1. ^ "Ashton Gate - Bristol Railway Archive". Retrieved 2009-01-23. 
  2. ^ "report_200808_NSCPortisheadRailLineStudyFinalReport.pdf (application/pdf Object)" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-01-23. 
  3. ^ White, James (13 March 2009). "Item 04: Greater Bristol Metro" (PDF). West of England Partnership. Retrieved 28 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Campaign for trains from Bristol Temple Meads every half hour". This is Bristol (Northcliffe Media). 17 January 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2012. 
  5. ^ Ribbeck, Michael (6 July 2012). "£100 million Bristol Metro train network by 2016". The Post, Bristol (Northcliffe Media). Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  6. ^ Network Rail (March 2010). "Great Western Route Utilisation Strategy" (PDF). pp. 41, 51, 60, 63, 128, 165, 210, 211. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Bristol Evening Post (18 June 2011). "New fight launched to reopen railway line". This is Bristol (Northcliffe Media). Retrieved 8 May 2012. The aspiration is for a regular service on a reopened line with new stations at Ashton Gate, Pill and Portishead and stopping trains at Parson St and Bedminster. 
  8. ^ "Portishead rail link plan is latest in long-running saga". This is Bristol (Northcliffe Media). 20 August 2008. Retrieved 8 May 2012. The most expensive option would see two trains an hour on the line at peak times and one in less busy periods, with trains calling at Pill, Ashton Gate, Bedminster and Parson Street, a passing loop and additional signals. 
  9. ^ "New Ashton Gate station delayed as part of £60m MetroWest project". Rail Technology Magazine (Cognitive Publishing). 16 December 2014. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 

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