Portway Parkway railway station
Severn Beach train in the background, passing the park-and-ride site
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Portway Parkway is a planned railway station on the Severn Beach Line in the district of Avonmouth in Bristol, England. The station would serve the Portway park and ride facility on the A4 Portway and form part of the MetroWest scheme.
The railway through the site was inaugurated on 6 March 1865 when services began on the Bristol Port Railway and Pier (BPRP), a self-contained railway which ran along the north bank of the River Avon to a deep water pier on the Severn Estuary at Avonmouth. The route was 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge single track.(pp23–24) The BPRP ran into trouble by 1871 when the terminal pier at Avonmouth became difficult to use due to a build-up of silt. With no prospect of a proper dock being funded without a connection to the national rail network, the Clifton Extension Railway (CER) was approved. This was a joint venture by the BPRP, Great Western Railway and Midland Railway which ran from Sneyd Park Junction, south of Sea Mills, via Clifton Down, to join up with the national network at Narroways Hill Junction.(p12) The link opened in 1877.(p41) Despite the increased traffic the BPRP suffered financially, and was taken over by the CER in 1890.(pp10–11) When the railways were nationalised in 1948, the line came under the aegis of the Western Region of British Railways and, upon privatisation, transferred to Railtrack and later Network Rail.(p42) A park and ride was opened near junction 18 of the M5 motorway, adjacent to the railway, in 2002.
In 2009 it was proposed that a railway station should be built. The plan was supported by Friends of Suburban Bristol Railways and the Bristol branch of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers. The plan was approved in October 2012. In 2017, £2.23 million was allocated for construction, of which £1.67m came from the government's New Stations Fund, with additional funding coming from the West of England Combined Authority and West of England Local Enterprise Partnership. Ground surveys began in 2017, with the completion planned for 2019. The station is part of the MetroWest scheme.
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- "Portway Park and Ride train station set to open in 2019 as work starts". Bristol Post. Local World. 15 August 2017. Retrieved 16 August 2017.