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On track: Bristol Temple Meads' new £23m entrance will provide direct access to University’s new campus

From left to right: Barra Mac Ruairi (Chief Property Officer at the University of Bristol), Marvin Rees (Mayor of Bristol), Karen Mercer (Delivery Director, Bristol Temple Quarter), Dan Norris (Metro Mayor) and Daniel Round (Industry Programme Director for Network Rail) at the site earlier today Bristol Temple Quarter Joint Delivery Team

Artist impression of the Eastern Entrance Network Rail

Artist impression of the new entrance and surrounding area © Bristol City Council/Richard Carman

Press release issued: 8 November 2023

Work is forging ahead on the new gateway to Bristol as the West of England’s Metro Mayor Dan Norris was joined by Mayor Marvin Rees earlier today [Wednesday 8 November] to check out the new ‘Eastern Entrance’ to Bristol Temple Meads station as it begins to take shape.

The build of the new entrance is part of the Bristol Temple Quarter programme, one of the largest and most ambitious regeneration programmes in Europe funded by £94.7m of government funding secured by the Temple Quarter partners last year.

The entrance will also provide direct access from the station to the University of Bristol’s new Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus which is due to open in 2026.

Since construction on the new station entrance began in early October, piling work into the ground next to Platform 15, which will eventually form the walls of the new underpass, has taken place.

While on site, the Mayors checked out the works to create a tunnel into the station which began this week and will see around 250 cubic metres of material removed to form the new subway into the station.

The £23m Eastern Entrance is set to welcome its first rail travellers in late 2026. It is the first major piece of infrastructure delivery under the ambitious Temple Quarter regeneration programmes, which is being administered by the Mayoral Combined Authority.

Over the next 5-10 years, the first phase of the programme will see three new entrances delivered to the east, south and north of the station, alongside new homes, jobs, and public spaces around the station. In total, the programme aims to deliver 10,000 new homes, thousands of new jobs, and a £1.6bn annual boost to the regional economy.

Initial works to prepare for the delivery of the new entrance were carried out within the station in 2021, with funding by the Mayoral Combined Authority, to keep the programme on track before the government grant was secured.

Works are expected to finish in late October 2024, but the station entrance is not set to welcome its first passengers until September 2026 – to allow the development of the new University of Bristol Enterprise Campus to be completed and to then open at the same time.

Dan Norris, Metro Mayor, said: “I’m thrilled to see we are firmly on track to see this brand-new entrance for Brunel’s iconic station - a gateway in and out of this amazing city. It’s really going to improve access for locals east of the city.

“It’s all part of one of most exciting regeneration projects in Europe, a major investment in the present and future of Bristol, and our West of England region, which I’m proud is being administered by my Mayoral Combined Authority.

“Combine this with the multi-million-pound programme of region-wide rail improvements - think the opening of Portway Park and Ride this summer, 30-minute train journeys across our region to and from Temple Meads, and soon-to-be new stations at Henbury, North Filton and elsewhere - it’s clear we’re making getting around in the West easier than ever before.

“My Mayoral Combined Authority will continue to deliver at pace which we know is so vital. It’s what Bristolians, and everyone in our amazing region, expects and deserves.”

Daniel Round, Industry Programme Director at Network Rail, said: “We’re delighted to be well underway with the creation of the new Eastern Entrance for Bristol Temple Meads. All of the work we’re doing at the station at the moment is focused around improving the passenger experience and increasing capacity for the future, but with preserving the station’s heritage for future generations at its heart.

“We’re making great progress on site and I’m looking forward to seeing the entrance building start to take shape in the new year. Once opened alongside the new Bristol University Campus in 2026 it’ll be a crucial part of the transformation of the station to make it a world class gateway to the city.”

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “It’s great to be on site at the first construction site under the BTQ programme after years of preparation and planning to get to this point, starting with the first Strategic Board back in 2017. It’s a sign of what organisations can do when they put their minds and effort towards a common goal, and all pull in the same direction with an openness to collaborate pragmatically and flexibly.

“This has been a year of milestones for the project – we’ve endorsed a Development Framework for the area and started enabling works on Temple Island. We appointed masterplanners last week to develop the next iteration of plans for the area, and now we’re stood in front of a new entrance being delivered as part of the first major improvements to the station in 100 years. This is a fantastic point to reflect on the progress we’ve made and look forward to the delivery of new homes, jobs, and opportunities.”

Barra Mac Ruairi, Chief Property Officer at the University of Bristol, said: "The new Eastern Entrance will establish the Enterprise Campus in the heart of our city. It will open directly into the University Square leading to the extensive, publicly accessible green spaces around the campus. It will also provide convenient, sustainable connections for our partners, staff and students to come to engage, work and study on the car-free site."


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