Clifton Down railway station

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Clifton Down railway station is located on Whiteladies Road in Clifton, Bristol, England. The station is 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) west of Bristol Temple Meads on the Severn Beach Line. To the west of the station the line passes through a mile-long tunnel under the Downs; the station takes its name from Clifton Down, the southern part of this open public space.

The station was opened on 1 October 1874, when the first section of the Severn Line branch was opened. Initially there were 10 Great Western Railway trains a day from the station to Temple Meads and 13 Midland Railway trains a day to Mangotsfield. Trains to Mangotsfield ceased in 1941, but by 1947 there were 33 trains a day in each direction (18 on Sundays). Until the 1970s excursion trains were run to the station from South Wales for visitors to Bristol Zoo - trains known as "monkey specials". An additional subway style entrance to the station from Whiteladies road was removed in the early 1990s. The staircase can still be seen on platform 2 beyond the guard rails. At street level, this entrance was paved over to make way for a small shopping island. The original station waiting room, ticket office and station-master's house, which stands as a testament to previous grandeur, is now an Australian theme pub known as the "Roo Bar". The station building, pub and attached screen walls date from 1874 and have been designated by English Heritage as a grade II listed building.

The station is next to Clifton Down shopping centre. It is the closest railway station to the BBC's main Bristol studios and offices on Whiteladies Road, and to Bristol Zoo (just under 1 mile away). It is now unstaffed with no ticket machines, meaning tickets should be bought on the train. The station is the passing place of the main section of the line as there are two tracks there on the mainly single tracked line. The disused station building's bricked-up windows and doors feature artwork of animals created by students at the North Bristol Post 16 Centre at the Redland Green Learning Community as part of an art and design course, and to promote links to Bristol Zoo.

From Sunday 18 May 2008 an improved service is in operation on the line. There are three trains in every 2-hour cycle during the daytime on Mondays to Saturdays, eastbound to Bristol Temple Meads and westbound to Avonmouth, with one train every 2 hours continuing to Severn Beach. In addition to improving the frequency of services this will also increase turnaround time, so the timetable should be more reliable. This will have the unfortunate side-effect of trains not being at the same times past each hour. Services to Severn Beach will be reduced overall, with only one train every two hours Mondays to Fridays, as opposed to the current service provided by a bus every hour connecting with every train. However, overall journey time is shortened by 8 minutes by removing the need to change at Avonmouth, and bicycles can be carried on the train while they were banned from the bus. The bus continues to run on Saturdays to provide one additional journey per 2 hour period to/from Severn Beach. For the first time in recent history, there will be an all year round Sunday service, with hourly departures between 10am and 6pm towards both Bristol and Severn Beach in the Summer, and an hourly service to Bristol and Avonmouth during the Winter, with two departures starting/terminating at Severn Beach. All of these improvements have been funded by the Local Authority.

Proposed improvements
In March 2007 First Great Western, published details of the improvements they plan to undertake over the next three years. At Clifton Down they are;
  • CCTV
  • Help and information points
  • Public address system
  • Seal off area under bridge
  • Sign on road bridge
  • Zoo branding/signing

Bristol to Taunton Line Preceding station National Rail Following station Sea Mills First Great Western Severn Beach Line Redland