A section of the Concorde Way walking and cycling route will be closing temporarily on Monday 6 March to make way for Ashley Down station to be built.
Ashley Down station will open up rail travel to local people, encouraging sustainable low-carbon travel across Bristol and beyond.
To allow enough space for the new station to be built, a section of Concorde Way – from the allotments up to Station Road, through to the junction between Station Lane and Muller Road, including the closure of the adjoining subway – will need to closed for around a year.
This means everyone who uses Concorde Way through Ashley Down will need to follow a signed diversion along Boiling Wells Lane and Muller Road, where it will re-join Concorde Way on Petherbridge Way.
Ahead of the closure, Bristol City Council has made some improvements to Boiling Wells Lane to make it easier to walk and cycle along.
Councillor Don Alexander, Cabinet Member for Transport, said:
It’s exciting that construction work will be starting to bring a railway station back to Ashley Down that will serve the local community and be a valuable extra transport link, offering connectivity to the rest of the rail network, while reducing congestion on our roads.
I’d like to thank everyone for bearing with us throughout the temporary closure of Concorde Way. I know it’s a popular route for walking and cycling but it will all be worth it in the end when we have a brand new railway station for everyone in the surrounding area to use.
With work nearly complete at Portway, Bristol’s first new train station in almost a century, Ashley Down will soon be another step forward towards the mass transit system our city needs and deserves.
Network Rail, who are leading the construction works, are carrying out enabling works this week, which includes some landscaping and setting up the site compound ahead of construction work starting soon. Later in the programme of works, 22 new trees will be planted around the entrance of the new station and in a nearby open space.
Ashley Down station is being delivered by the West of England Combined Authority working with Bristol City Council, Network Rail and Great Western Railway. Network Rail, who are leading the construction works, will be carrying out enabling work, and setting up the site compound ahead of construction work starting.
It is being funded by the West of England Combined Authority, working with Bristol City Council, South Gloucestershire Council, and Bath & North-East Somerset Council, as part of a wider programme of railway improvements known as MetroWest.
To find out more about the plans for Ashley Down station, visit travelwest.info/projects/ashley-down-station