On the road to…Bristol City
It is markedly annoying when the fixture computer decides to throw out those places that you’ve yet to get to midweek. Twice this season I’ve had to forego getting to such places because they’ve been scheduled for Tuesday nights. Fortunately however, I had long identified the Irons’ trip to Bristol City as an excuse to have a week in the city at the end of God’s Wonderful Railway. And thus stick two fingers up at the fixture computer for being a git.
Date: 17th April 2012
Stadium: Ashton Gate
Away Section: Wedlock Stand
Score: Bristol City 1-1 West Ham United
Nearest station: Parson Street
Local rozzers: Avon & Somerset Constabulary
Total Travel Cost: £8.60 (3 x Off-Peak Day Singles)
18:26 (Dep 18:38) – Bristol Temple Meads to Parson Street (First Great Western Class 150 Sprinter)
22:00 (Dep 22:02) – Parson Street to Nailsea & Backwell (First Great Western Class 150 Sprinter)
22:21 (Dep 22:22) – Nailsea & Backwell to Bristol Temple Meads (First Great Western InterCity 125 High Speed Train)
Station to Stadium: Ashton Gate is located in a part of Bristol where railway access is limited. Parson Street station is closest and is around fifteen minutes walk, with the easiest way to be to turn left at the main road that runs parallel to the main line and follow it round until you eventually arrive at the away end. Of course, as this is not particularly well signposted, this may prove to be a little difficult.
Anything else?: Although Parson Street is the closest railway station, it has an hourly service, with the last train on a weekday supposed to be the 22:00. It is probably more advisable therefore to use Bristol’s bus network to make your way into the centre of the city.