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YTL Arena Bristol station plans revealed

Developers of the planned 17,000-capacity YTL Arena Bristol have unveiled images of the new train station that is to serve the venue and wider development.

The station at Brabazon – currently known as Filton North – will connect the redeveloped area to the English city’s main station, Bristol Temple Meads, in less than 15 minutes once complete.

Malaysia-based YTL said it expects to begin construction in 2022, with the station then scheduled to be operational in 2023, if planning is approved. It will contribute more than £1m to the cost of the station, it added.

Network Rail will be submitting a detailed planning application for the station this month. 

The Bristol Arena is scheduled to open its doors for the first time in 2024.

Seb Loyn, director at YTL Developments, said: “Investing in public transport and active travel is a key part of the vision to ensure Brabazon becomes a thriving new neighbourhood for Bristol.

“With our first homes now selling fast, the new rail station due to be operational by 2023 and then Brabazon Park and the YTL Arena Bristol due to open in 2024, progress is well underway to deliver on that vision.”

Details of the station come just a few weeks after YTL Developments appointed consultants to develop designs for Brabazon Park, which will be 200m West of the new station and directly in front of YTL Arena Bristol. The new park, which is expected to open to the public in 2024, is set to be the largest new urban public park in the South West for 50 years.

The first two, three and four bedroom homes and one and two bedroom apartments at Brabazon – in a phase known as The Hangar District – are also under construction approximately 300m to the north of the new station. The very first residents moved in in May this year.

Plans for the YTL Arena complex were approved last year by Bristol City Council and South Gloucestershire Council before being passed by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Images: YTL Developments