- Stapleton Road railway station
Infobox UK station
name = Stapleton Road
code = SRD
caption = Stapleton Road railway station in 1972
First Great Western
locale = Easton
lowusage0405 = 73,202
lowusage0506 = 86,977
lowusage0607 = 98,446
platforms = 2
8 September 1863[ [http://www.david.frih.net/severn/history.htm History of the Severn Beach Line] ]
Stapleton Road railway station lies in the inner city area of Easton,
The station platform has a long mural by local artist Bill Guilding, which features characters illustrating local and historical themes.
The station is considered a "Railway Crime Hotspot" by the
British Transport Police.Fact|date=December 2007
Stapleton Road station was opened on 8 September 1863, when the Bristol & South Wales Union Railway was opened. The BSWUR (absorbed by the
Great Western Railwayin 1868) ran from Temple Meadsto New Passage, where a ferry took passengers to South Wales.
The station became a junction station in 1874, when the branch to Clifton Down, now part of the Severn Beach Line, was opened. Express trains started calling at Stapleton Road in 1887, when trains from London to South Wales started using the
Severn Tunnel. The London to South Wales trains passed through Bristol until 1903, when the direct line through Badminton was opened. Trains from Cardiff to Portsmouth continued to stop at Bristol (Stapleton Road) instead of Temple Meads until the 1960s.
In March 2007
First Great Western, published details of the improvements they plan to undertake over the next three years [ [http://www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk/Documents/Custom/Severn%20Beach%20Line%20Development%20Plan.pdf First Great Western improvement plans] ] , at Stapleton Road they are;
*Help and information points
*Public address system
*Rename station to Easton
Monday to Saturday there are five trains every two hours to/from Bristol Temple Meads.
There are three trains every two hours to Avonmouth via Clifton Down along the
Severn Beach Line, with certain journeys extended to Severn Beach. There is an hourly service on Sundays on the line as far as Avonmouth.
In December 2007 the service towards Temple Meads doubled with the introduction of trains that previously did not stop at the station and from May 2008, a more frequent service on the Severn Beach Line led to even more trains calling. In peak hours, up to four trains per hour to/from Bristol Temple Meads call here.
First Great Western
*List of all UK railway stations
Rail services in Bristol
*Maggs, C. (1981) "Rail Centres: Bristol" Ian Allan ISBN 0 7110 1153 2
*http://www.severnbeachline.org/stapletonroad.php - Information, Maps & Timetables for Stapleton Road station
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