August 2018: Your Local MP

August 01 2018

Pushing for progress on the Yate half-hourly train to Bristol

As a Yate resident, and the first local MP to live in Yate, I am delighted that our campaign for better transport and rail services is making progress towards the introduction of a half-hourly train service to Bristol from Yate train station.

The improved train service from Yate could be provided as part of an extension of the existing service that currently terminates at Bristol Parkway, and would mean great news for the many local residents, commuters and train users currently travelling to and from the Bristol area, who could then rely on two trains per hour in the future.

The plans to improve train infrastructure and services to Yate form part of the “MetroWest Phase 2” project, which aims to develop better train services for the wider Bristol area and West of England region. Subsequent Phases may also add further stations to the network. 

I am very pleased to see that thanks to the local community’s support of my “Get Yate Moving!” campaign, progress is now being made on these plans, and we will continue to push for the services to be introduced before their current start date of May 2021.

The news of these upgrades comes as at a time when we have also been able to secure further investments in the local area from Great Western Railway, along with more trains and carriages for our region, which will increase service reliability for local residents. 

These improvements, along with the installation of new shelters for the ticket kiosk and machines at Yate railway station carried out at the start of the year, will help to improve residents experience of our local rail facilities.

I will continue to raise the issue of much-needed train service improvements with Government Ministers and Great Western Railway, and will press them to make the half-hourly train service a reality as soon as possible. Along with local residents, we will continue to make the case for better train availability and reliability for our town and keep the pressure on the relevant authorities locally to finalise the negotiations.