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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 10, Issue 11 (February 1, 1936)


Britain possesses many fine passenger stations in London and the provinces. Thanks to the enterprise of the Great Western Railway, in rebuilding and enlarging its Temple Meads Station, at Bristol, there has been added another splendid example of a modern city depot.

The new Temple Meads Station, which has taken five years to reconstruct, has fifteen platforms, of which the longest is 1,340 feet, compared with the old station's longest platform of 920 feet. All platforms are connected by a main subway 300 feet long and 30 feet wide, with broad stairways for passengers and electric lifts for luggage. At the main entrance a spacious booking-office with circulating area has been provided, while on the other side of the station a passimeter ticket-office, hairdressing saloon, baths and telegraph office have been installed. On all the main platforms there are refreshment rooms of modern design. In addition to the station reconstruction, extensive track alterations have been made. The running lines for 6 ½ miles in the immediate vicinity have been quadrupled; the bottleneck, which previously existed at each end, removed; and additional running lines provided through the station, enabling three trains to arrive and depart at the same time.