The Strengthening Case for Saltford Station – June 2012 Situation Report
Network Rail has confirmed that neither the re-signalling programme nor the electrification
programme will preclude the provision of a new station at Saltford. This is called “passive
provision”. No track work or signalling is required for the station and the station site is adjacent to
what is referred to as “plain line”.
Independent consultants have established that there is capacity on the line between Bristol TM
and Bath Spa for one new station and that can be at Saltford.
Independent computer modelling has indicated that there would be at least 400 users of a re-
opened Saltford Station daily. This figure accords with the Nov 2011 survey in Saltford that
indicated up to 300 daily users in Saltford alone. A travel survey at Bath Spa University (Newton Park
Campus), also in Nov 2011, showed that 700 staff and students currently travel through Saltford from
the Bristol direction. Some of these could use a re-opened station with a link to the Newton Park
Campus. There are 10,000 people every weekday within 2 miles (3km) of the station site (4200 at
Saltford, 1000 at Corston and Newton St. Loe, and 4600 students and staff on site at the Newton Park
Campus). There is planned to be an increase from 400 to 900 residential places on site at Newton
Park. Saltford Station, sitting alongside the A4, the river and cycle-path is a great destination for
recreational activities and amenities in the Avon Valley. Furthermore, the 29,000 vehicles passing the
Saltford Station site daily allows for transfer from road to rail. Car is the dominant mode of travel to
work from Saltford.
There was a 32.5% growth in passenger journeys on the railway in and around Bristol between
2006 and 2010. Bath Spa, Bristol Parkway and Filton Abbeywood are the most used stations after
Bristol TM. Lawrence Hill, Parson Street and Stapleton Road showed the greatest percentage
increase over the 5 year period. Avonmouth and St Andrews Road showed the greatest increases in
the area in 2009-2010. In other words, it is likely that Saltford Station, once re-opened, would see
similar growth in passenger numbers.
An indicative capital cost of Saltford Station is £5.5 million (five and one half million pounds).
This estimate is not site-specific but based on industry estimates. The estimated capital cost includes
project management costs.
A viable train service at Saltford is dependent on implementation of the proposed Greater
Bristol metro network services. The West of England Partnership has included the re-opening of
Saltford Station in phase 2 of the Greater Bristol Metro Project in its submission to the Department for
Transport Consultation on the GW Rail Franchise (2013) subject to the business case being made.
Initial demand forecasts indicate that a re-opened station will produce NET “new revenue” for
the railway up to £250,000 per annum.
The initial studies have provided enough evidence for B&NES Council to commit £100,000 to
fund the development of the project up to stage 2 of the Network Rail GRIP process. This will
include a thorough cost-benefit analysis following Department for Transport guidance. This takes into
account and measures economic, social, environmental and financial impacts.
Funding could come from a variety of sources – Network Rail, a train operating company in
collaboration with B&NES Council, The Department for Transport, devolved funding to the West of
England Partnership and so on.
Saltford Station Campaign www.saltfordenvironmentgroup.org.uk June 2012