Sea Mills railway station


Sea Mills railway station

Infobox UK station
name = Sea Mills
code = SML



manager = First Great Western
locale = Sea Mills
borough = Bristol
lowusage0405 = 34,113
lowusage0506 = 36,411
lowusage0607 = 40,786
platforms = 1
start = 6 March 1865

Sea Mills railway station serves the Sea Mills area of Bristol, England. The station is located near to the River Avon. This station is 10 km (6 miles) west from Bristol Temple Meads on the Severn Beach Line. All trains serving it are operated and the station managed by First Great Western.

History

The station was opened in 1865, as part of the Bristol Port Railway and Pier route from Hotwells to a deep water pier on the Severn Estuary at Avonmouth. In 1885 the line was diverted and extended to run via Clifton Downs tunnel to Bristol Temple Meads, and in 1922 it was extended to Severn Beach.cite web | url = http://www.about-bristol.co.uk/sea-01.asp | title = About Bristol Suburbs - Sea Mills - Stations | publisher = About Bristol | accessdate = June 16 | accessyear = 2006]

The ground floor of the former station building is now being used as offices by Accountants, King and Partners and Financial Advisors, Dumnonia.

ervices

There is currently an hourly service eastbound to Bristol Temple Meads and westbound to Avonmouth, with the latter extended to Severn Beach in the peaks and on Saturdays, a bus connection being necessary during the day on weekdays. There is currently no service on Sundays.

From Sunday 18 May 2008 an improved service will be offered on the line [http://www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk/Documents/Custom/DC%20MAY%202008%20TIMETABLE/Bristol%20Temple%20Meads%20to%20Severn%20Beach.pdf New timetable from First Great Western] . Trains will start earlier in the morning and finish later in the evening, with three trains in every 2-hour cycle during the daytime. 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. The bus continues to run on Saturdays to provide one journey per hour to/from Severn Beach. For the first time in recent history, there will be a Sunday service, with hourly departures between 10am and 6pm from Bristol to Avonmouth, running until September only. St Andrew's Road and Severn Beach itself continue to have no Sunday service.

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Proposed improvements

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 Sea Mills. They are:

*CCTV;
*Help and information points;
*Public address system;
*Upgrade or replace shelter.

References

ee also

*First Great Western
*List of all UK railway stations
*Rail services in Bristol

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