Bristol Temple Meads railway station is the oldest and largest railway station in Bristol. The station is based very close to the centre of Bristol and approximately 30 minutes from Bristol Airport. The postcode of the station for people using satellite navigation is BS1 6QF. It is an important interchange hub for public transport in Bristol. Bristol's other main-line Station, Parkway Station is on the northern outskirts of the Bristol.
We pick up from the center car park at Bristol Temple Meads Station which is only about 40 yards from the main entrance. The driver will stand next to his vehicle with your name so you can locate him very easily.
It opened on 31st August in 1840 as the western terminus of the Great western Railway from London Paddington Station. The Whole railway including Temple Meads was the first one designed by the prolific Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Soon the station was also used by the Bristol and Exeter Railway, the Bristol and Gloucester railway and Bristol and South Wales Union Railway. To accommodate the increasing number of trains the station was expanded in the 1870s and again in the1930s by. Brunel's terminus is no longer part of the operational station, instead it currently houses the British Empire and Commonwealth Museum The historical significance of the station has been noted, and the majority of the site is grade I listed.
More than 6.5 million people entered and left the station in the twelve months to March 2007, an increase of nearly 1.5 million in five years. This makes it the 37th most-used Network Rail station and the 15th-busiest outside the central London area. In addition, it was estimated that more than 900,000 people used the station to change trains.
The platforms are numbered from 1 to 15, but passenger trains are confined to just eight tracks. The numbering system means that most are numbered separately at each end with odd numbers at the east end, and even numbers at the west end. To further complicate matters, platform 2 is not signalled for passenger trains, and platform 14 does not exist.