Lawrence Hill railway station
|Place||Lawrence Hill, Bristol|
|Managed by||First Great Western|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||Bristol and South Wales Union Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Great Western Railway|
|Post-grouping||Great Western Railway|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Lawrence Hill from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
|UK Railways portal|
|Bristol and Gloucester Railway|
Lawrence Hill railway station is a railway station serving the St. George area of Bristol, England as well as the surrounding suburbs of Easton, Barton Hill, Whitehall and Netham. The station is 1 mile (2 km) north of Bristol Temple Meads on the Severn Beach Line and is unmanned.
The station was opened on 8 September 1863, when the Bristol and South Wales Union Railway was opened. The BSWUR (absorbed by the Great Western Railway in 1868) ran from Temple Meads to New Passage, where a ferry took passengers to South Wales.
The original track formation had 4 tracks, with 2 lines going between the current platforms and another 2 tracks immediately to the east that bypassed the station. The 2 lines that bypassed the platforms were lifted in the early part of 1985 and the trackbed has been derelict since then. It has been proposed that this unused transport corridor could be used as a tramway or guided bus route toward Filton.
There was a goods yard at the station immediately to the west of the existing platforms. These were in use for cement depot until the mid-1980s. The land was developed in about 1990 and now has a supermarket and small industrial estate located on it.
On 1 November 2000, the station was the scene of a crash, when an empty Royal Mail train ran into the back of a loaded coal train. The mail train locomotive rode up over the other train, ending up against the road overbridge while balanced on top of the 3rd coal wagon from the back. The driver of the mail train suffered head injuries in the crash. Officials found that the mail train had passed through two red lights. This accident is referred to in an RIAB accident report, the following text describes part of the accident at Lawrence Hill station: "The misunderstanding and incorrect use of the BPPCUIC cock on an EWS class 67 locomotive led to a serious accident at Lawrence Hill near Bristol (1 November 2000). This resulted in serious injury to a driver and significant damage to equipment."
There are generally two trains per hour from Lawrence Hill to Temple Meads or Stapleton Road. Along with the improved services to and from Avonmouth, there will be up to 3 trains per hour between Lawrence Hill and Temple Meads.CrossCountry services pass through here but do not stop at the station.
Severn Beach Line trains
Monday to Saturday there is a roughly 40 minute service to Bristol Temple Meads and northbound towards Clifton, Avonmouth and Severn Beach. During the morning and afternoon peaks as well as weekday evenings and all day on Saturdays, train services operate to Severn Beach, but at other times only reach Avonmouth, a bus connection being provided for the onward journey. A Sunday service to Severn Beach operates from approximately 10:00 until 18:00.
Since 18 May 2008 an improved service has been offered. Trains will start earlier in the morning and finish later in the evening, with three trains to/from Avonmouth in every 2-hour cycle during the daytime in addition to those on other routes. This will have the unfortunate side-effect of trains not being at the same times past each hour.
Services through 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 to Severn Beach 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.
Additional trains call on their journey between Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Bristol Temple Meads||First Great Western
Bristol Temple Meads - Avonmouth / Severn Beach
|First Great Western
Great Malvern / Gloucester - Westbury / South Coast
|First Great Western
Bristol Parkway - Weston-super-Mare
- Help and information points
- Public address system
- Downside access ramp
- Showcase Bus route link
The station is mentioned in the introduction to the song Campervan Of Love by rock band Alien Stash Tin.
It is situated very close to the start of the Bristol and Bath Railway Path, a cycleway.
- History of the Severn Beach Line
- Draft Dec 2007 timetable
- Severn Beach Line Wikipedia article on the Severn Beach 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
- First Great Western improvement plans
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