7 reviews of Bristol Parkway Station in English
Thisis a nice small station and the staff at the ticket office are all pleasant and welcoming. There are lifts to help you get to and from the platform which makes it a lot easier if you have a pushchair or luggage to get around. There is a coffee shop in the waiting area that sells some delicious muffins and for a healthier option there is now a fruit stall with a really good selection of fresh fruit for you to take with you on your journey. Outside there are always lots of taxis which are kept busy or alternatively you could head down to the bus stop as the buses run fairly frequently from there.
This is a great, modern, functional station on the North side of Bristol. It’s close to the M4/M5 intersection, so it’s a far better place to collect someone from than Bristol Temple Meads (in the centre of the city) if you’re located to the north of the city. However, there are a few things to be aware of:
1. Parking is £5 a day. The payment meters are awkward to operate, and if you don’t pay you will get clamped & fined.
2. The car park gets full by 9:30am most days, and if you park outside an official space, you will get clamped (even if you’ve paid for a ticket).
3. Traffic in the area is hellish at peak hours. Journeys from the motorway to the station can take in excess of 45 mins between 7:30 - 9:00 and 16:00 - 18:00 for the 2 mile journey.
The station is fairly new with good facilities: clean toilets, a small newsagent, a coffee shop and a sandwich shop. There are also lifts to all platforms for the disabled.
This is Bristol’s 2nd station and is in the North of the City. It is quite close to the Motorway and always seems to have plenty of parking. There are a few shops in the station itself and buses run regularly outside.
Often go here to meet up with friends who have traveled down from London. Gets quite busy at times but that’s to be expected. Love the layout of the place but i do think the cafe should be on the ground floor as this is much easier to get to. Quite nice staff, but some can be bossy at times.
Bristol Parkway station is located at the intersection of the lines from London (Paddington) to South Wales and the main line from Bristol to Birmingham, providing a major interchange between the two.
It was one of the first 'Parkway’ stations to be built, in 1972, to attract car users to trains by providing ample car parking at locations with good road links, close to urban areas. This site was chosen both because of the interchange it offered, and because of its proximity to the M4 and M32, just north of Bristol.
When opened, shelter was fairly meagre, with 'bus stop’ shelters on the platforms and a small waiting room and ticket office by the entrance to the car park. Because of its exposed and windy position, additional long platform shelters were erected, but it still had a reputation for being a cold place to wait for a train.
Over the years, substantial suburbs have developed around Stoke Gifford, and in 2001, a new and much larger station building, with a dramatic curved roofline, was built in recognition of its growing importance. In 2007 an additional platform was constructed on the London-bound (north) side, to provide additional capacity. The station is now used by over 1.75 million passengers a year, with in excess of half a million passengers changing trains here.
The station now has heated waiting shelters on the platforms, and the main building has a small shop, cafe and ticket office. Other facilities include a taxi rank, payphones, cash points and bus stops for local bus services (including to Frenchay hospital and Bristol city centre). The station has level access (via lifts to the platforms).
The station is served by all long distance trains on the London-South Wales main line and the cross-Country main line from the South-West to Birmingham and the North. It is also served by local services from Gloucester, Westbury and Weston-super-Mare.
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