Bristol Temple Meads Railway Station

Facts and Figures

Bristol Temple Meads railway station is the oldest and largest railway station in Bristol. It is an important transport hub for public transport, with bus services to many parts of the city and surrounding districts and a ferry to the city centre in addition to the train services. Bristol's other main-line station, Bristol Parkway, is on the northern outskirts of the conurbation. It opened on 31 August 1840 as the western terminus of the Great Western Railway from London Paddington. The railway including Temple Meads was the first one designed by the British engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Soon the station was also used by the Bristol and Exeter Railway, the Bristol and Gloucester Railway, the Bristol Harbour Railway and the Bristol and South Wales Union Railway. To accommodate the increasing number of trains the station was expanded in the 1870s by Francis Fox and again in the 1930s by P E Culverhouse. Brunel's terminus is no longer part of the operational station. The historical significance of the station has been noted, and most of the site is Grade 1 listed. Temple Meads is managed by Network Rail. The majority of services are operated by Greater Western franchise holder Great Western Railway, which operates intercity services to and from London Paddington. The majority terminate at Temple Meads with a few continuing to Swansea, Weston-super-Mare, Paignton and Penzance. It also operates local and inter-urban trains to destinations including Severn Beach, Great Malvern, Cardiff, Portsmouth Brighton, Weymouth, Paignton and Penzance. CrossCountry operate services north to destinations including Manchester, Leeds, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, and south to Paignton, Plymouth and Penzance. A limited service to London Waterloo is provided by South West Trains. In the 12 months to March 2014, 9.5 million entries and exits were made from the station. The platforms are numbered 1 to 15, but passenger trains are confined to just eight tracks. Most platforms are numbered separately at each end with odd numbers at the east end, even numbers at the west end. Platform 2 is not signalled for passenger trains, and there is no platform 14. In 2012 the station became part of Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone, and Network Rail announced a £100 million station redevelopment.

Station Facts

Annual Usage Figures

Year Entry/Exit Interchange
2015 1345193 0
2014 1217498 1434465
2013 1145411 1386664
2012 1127278 1327179
2011 1071878 0
2010 1009474 0
2009 995554 0
2008 872950 0
2007 979938 0

Location Data

  • Unitary Authority: Bristol City Council
  • UK Parliament Constituency: Bristol West
  • Unitary Authority Ward (UTW): Lawrence Hill
  • European Region: South West

Recent Crime Figures

Month Total Crime Antisocial BehaviourTheft from PersonBicycle TheftShopliftingRobberyBurglaryOther TheftVehicle CrimeDrugsWeaponsPublic OrderCriminal Damage & ArsonViolent CrimeOther Crime
January 2016 26 42100042603121
December 2015 33 620000210200020
November 2015 21 31010050222320
October 2015 21 51310051102011
September 2015 16 40100060002021
August 2015 15 50100020013120
July 2015 20 22000040105141
June 2015 24 31200030705030
May 2015 18 80010030200130
April 2015 13 10000030004230
March 2015 17 51100050103100
February 2015 10 21001020012010
January 2015 30 130110082004001
December 2014 25 62010030604120
November 2014 21 71000040402210
October 2014 24 42400071301011
September 2014 17 32500150100000
August 2014 11 02100031002110
July 2014 18 42200060111010
June 2014 17 30300020005220
May 2014 19 21300040401130
April 2014 27 50600010314160
March 2014 25 71210040028000
February 2014 18 41000020216020
January 2014 29 322200131103020
December 2013 29 82110030601340
November 2013 29 910000501101110
October 2013 32 312000711501110
September 2013 30 72200051506020
August 2013 18 62100050103000
July 2013 43 922000140008350
June 2013 34 82020080406031
May 2013 24 81000040206021
April 2013 23 50000060630210
March 2013 16 40000060310110
February 2013 32 1000000120050320
January 2013 35 1600100110410101

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