A Really Big Scheme
Wednesday 15 November 2023
Temple Meads - What It Needs (3)
So far, we have learned about the new Campus for Bristol University and the new eastern entrance to Temple Meads station. Google Earth merely shows the site cleared after the demolition of the postal sorting offices.
There is also a footbridge leading to the building site ...
Temple Island is very much NOT an island being merely a tight little wiggle in the River Axon.
While we are on Temple Island we can consider the proposed SOUTH entrance to the station. Excavating very shaky memories from the fbb grey cells, fbb thought this proposed entrance was in the lower area below the present station approach road. Remember?
But that is not what is planned.
The whole area around Temple Meads under more immediate developments is that shown in red.
It is a political vision, of ourse!
There is another "Hmmm" as far as buses are concerned. Two mentions of "the humble bus" appear on the overall map of the current Temple Meads proposals.
To the north of the original Brunel building, the brochure promises ...
But then, if the overall scheme is correct, most of that area will have new office/residential blocks built upon it.
There is very little room left for an "interchange".
And do the bus operators know that they are to be banished from Station Approach (terminating services) and possibly from the stops on Temple Gate in favour of the new "interchange" (round the back) and the stops at the southern entrance (further away)?
You would bet nobody has asked them! Here are the outbound stops, conveniently sited at the foot of the station approach.
But who cares? It's only for buses!
More investigations needed.
St Philips Marsh blog : Thursday 17th November