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« Reply #90 on: January 10, 2022, 12:37:26 pm »

That's saved me a journey tomorrow. 
The blue safety barrier was there last week when I took a peek.  I think it's been there a while as it was also on a couple of pictures on other sites previously.
The compound definitely was not there last week.  When arriving that day, I noticed a number of people in high viz tabards but these turned out to be staff at the Covid if testing centre in the car park.
Perhaps significantly, the train I took down to Avonmouth to have a look there came to a brief halt just shy of the site of the new station.  I also noticed the following service slowing down on it's approach.
I was quite amused by a house, just the other side of the A4 Portway opposite the station site.  It had a "Portway" station totem on a post in the front garden and at the time, an illuminated Christmas train on the garage roof! ☺
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« Reply #91 on: January 10, 2022, 12:59:18 pm »

Hmm, well now. These plastic barriers are presumably associated with the COVID test centre, but the site safes etc just visible on the left (and the dumper truck) are presumably for the station... I'll admit it's not as exciting as you might hope.

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« Reply #92 on: January 10, 2022, 01:54:10 pm »

The compound picture looks new to me (from last week).  I wonder who the contractors are?  If they are the same ones who've just finished replacing the Ocean Railway Bridge at Stonehouse, then it should take long!
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« Reply #93 on: January 10, 2022, 02:58:21 pm »

The compound picture looks new to me (from last week).  I wonder who the contractors are?  If they are the same ones who've just finished replacing the Ocean Railway Bridge at Stonehouse, then it shouldn't take long!


Edit to correct last sentence to give opposite meaning. My misspelling, sory!
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« Reply #94 on: January 11, 2022, 12:51:30 am »

Good to see that work is getting underway on the new station but I notice that they are building it at the Shirehampton end of the site. Apologies if this is a dumb question (I don't recall having seen the plans) but what is planned to be the route to enable pedestrians (either commuters for the nearby industrial units on West Town Lane and Portview Road or local residents) to get to & from the new station for commuting purposes? Will there be a footpath from West Town Lane or will such users simply have to walk through the same gate as that used by road traffic?

(Come to think of it is there still a live link to the plans for the new station?)

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« Reply #95 on: January 11, 2022, 06:15:04 pm »

Hmm, well now. These plastic barriers are presumably associated with the COVID test centre, but the site safes etc just visible on the left (and the dumper truck) are presumably for the station... I'll admit it's not as exciting as you might hope.


Perhaps not exciting, but at least that's the first million quid spent.

Good to see that work is getting underway on the new station but I notice that they are building it at the Shirehampton end of the site. Apologies if this is a dumb question (I don't recall having seen the plans) but what is planned to be the route to enable pedestrians (either commuters for the nearby industrial units on West Town Lane and Portview Road or local residents) to get to & from the new station for commuting purposes? Will there be a footpath from West Town Lane or will such users simply have to walk through the same gate as that used by road traffic?

(Come to think of it is there still a live link to the plans for the new station?)

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Whilst I didn't expect pedestrians to be considered in a plan for a park and ride, the initial plans do show segregated access from the bus stop within the site. I remember once walking into there to catch the bus, after dropping my car at a nearby garage for some reason, and I don't recall feeling trepidation, so I suppose there must be a footpath going in. The application number is 18/03830/F if this hyperlink doesn't work.
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« Reply #96 on: January 11, 2022, 08:04:41 pm »

TonyK - I’ve never managed to link to a planning application like that (it works!). How did you do it?
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« Reply #97 on: January 11, 2022, 10:00:45 pm »

TonyK - I’ve never managed to link to a planning application like that (it works!). How did you do it?
In my experience only a minority of planning websites allow the use of links that bypass their front end search system.  On some sites that I’ve used even if links happen to work for a few hours they time out very quickly.

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« Reply #98 on: January 11, 2022, 11:22:26 pm »

Whilst I didn't expect pedestrians to be considered in a plan for a park and ride, the initial plans do show segregated access from the bus stop within the site. I remember once walking into there to catch the bus, after dropping my car at a nearby garage for some reason, and I don't recall feeling trepidation, so I suppose there must be a footpath going in. The application number is 18/03830/F if this hyperlink doesn't work.
Thanks for that link Tony. I imagine that they may find people walking the vehicular access from West Town Lane to get to / from the industrial units over the other side of the level crossing as a means of convenience: the existing stations at Shirehampton and Avonmouth are not convenient stations for employees there. The Officers Report on those documents also does acknowledge that they anticipate that "a high proportion of foot traffic will come from the local area". Let us hope that the new station proves to be well used by Park & Ride customers and local residents alike.

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« Reply #99 on: January 12, 2022, 03:26:32 pm »

TonyK - I’ve never managed to link to a planning application like that (it works!). How did you do it?

I'm not sure I did anything you wouldn't have tried already, but I copied the link for the documents list rather than the details page. If it isn't that, then it must be my wrist action.

Thanks for that link Tony. I imagine that they may find people walking the vehicular access from West Town Lane to get to / from the industrial units over the other side of the level crossing as a means of convenience: the existing stations at Shirehampton and Avonmouth are not convenient stations for employees there. The Officers Report on those documents also does acknowledge that they anticipate that "a high proportion of foot traffic will come from the local area". Let us hope that the new station proves to be well used by Park & Ride customers and local residents alike.

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That seems at first unlikely, especially if your experience of Avonmouth is the bit from the M5 bridge to the M5 roundabout. It is only when you spend time visiting (or occasionally observing) people there, as I did, that you realise (a) how big it is, (b) how many homes there are, (c)how many people live in those homes. I'll leave (d) for now.
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« Reply #100 on: January 14, 2022, 07:22:55 pm »

Sunny day so I thought why not have a look for any progress at Portway?
There sure is.
Big compound area now cleared with Heras type fencing around it and Portacabins installed plus JCBs on site.  Some of the car parking area adjacent to the station site is also fenced off and you can just make out from one of the pictures below that some uprooted fence posts have been stored there.
No one visible on site but it was lunch time when I took the pictures.
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« Reply #101 on: January 14, 2022, 08:20:17 pm »

Although it was all quiet in the car park compound, this JCB was busy moving around just the other side of the railway line.  I have no idea if it was connected to the station build.
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« Reply #102 on: January 14, 2022, 08:37:32 pm »

And finally.

I took the attached photo to help address the question asked earlier by DaveHarries regarding pedestrian access to the station.  These are the steps from the bus stops down to the car park and from where I was standing the station site perimeter was perhaps 20 metres away across the car parking area.  From the bus stop zone itself, access to the A4 Portway was easy although I didn't think to take a picture of it.
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« Reply #103 on: Yesterday at 07:17:50 pm »

FoSBR» (Friends of Suburban Bristol Railways - site)'s Carol Durrant was up on the M5 Avon Bridge earlier, and took some pictures. It's really happening, Lee! The light was failing, and she's had to hand-hold while zooming in on a bouncing bridge deck.

This shows what appears to be a new construction compound, to the south-west of the railway. This, I think, is for flood defence works in the area. The station site is at the top of the frame:


...and this gives a closer view of the station itself. The single platform will be to the left, i.e. north-east, of the railway:




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