Bristol Temple Meads &
Portway Park & Ride
A couple of shots from Bristol today, a much brighter day although quite a chilly wind to contend with!
1) 43184 stands beneath the sea of scaffolding in place for the ongoing repair work underway on Bristol Temple Meads station's famous overall roof while it pauses with Cross Country's 1V50 0606 Edinburgh-Plymouth on Friday 13th January 2023. 43303 was the leading PC.
2) On the return leg of a trip from Bristol to Severn Beach and back I passed the now complete but yet to open Portway Park and Ride station, so grabbed a photo as the train went through. The station has been given the CIS code PIR and appears to be located at approximately 8 miles and ten chains (mid-point of platform) on the single line between Shirehampton station (7m50ch) and Avonmouth Dock Level Crossing (8m29ch). The 5-car platform is on the right-hand side of trains travelling from Bristol TM towards Avonmouth. No opening date has yet been announced as the car park has yet to be finished but the entire site is fully illuminated during the hours of darkness and the CIS screens appear to be working. The cost of the project has been given as £4.2 million. Like most modern stations the area resembles a bright steel fortress with long lengths of contrasting green palisade security fencing currently being erected. The tall viaduct that carries the M5 motorway across the river Avon and docks area can be seen in the background.
Regards, Guy Vincent
The area beneath is a supermarket car park, hence the markings on the floor. There are also a number of busy cafes and shops (including food, vinyl records, barbers, butcher) situated at the south side of the station and one set of seating can been seen to the right.
Best wishes, Jon Hird