A number of industry partners and volunteers gathered together to celebrate improvements to Avonmouth Station, sponsored by the Severnside Community Rail Partnership.
The Bristol bound platform was brightened up in 2014 by featuring a photographic art gallery, showcasing work by students under the City-to-Seaside secondary school project.
The Severn Beach bound platform previously presented a dismal impression for those either alighting from Severn Beach bound trains, or waiting for trains to Bristol. Industrial dereliction dominated the view, and the anti-social use of derelict land at the rear of the platform caused anxiety to passengers about their safety and was a deterrent to the use of the station. There was evidence of drug and alcohol abuse. As the railhead for the Avonmouth-Severn Beach Enterprise Area, the station previously gave a very unfavourable impression to workers, visitors and potential developers. With strong support from the local community, the Partnership put together proposals to achieve a much more welcoming, attractive and safer station which would encourage more passengers. Over the coming winter there will be more tree planting.
The improvements have included a new shelter (located to provide cover for arriving passengers waiting for the level crossing barriers to be raised), seating, lighting, planters and screen fencing. They have been funded and supported by Bristol City Council, the Association of Community Rail Partnerships, Severnside Community Rail Partnership. Great Western Railway and Network Rail, with considerable assistance from the Champions of Avonmouth Station, Incredible Edible Bristol and Probation Service Community Payback.