Paddington Bear drops in to Severn Beach Station
By steve_truckle | Sunday, August 15, 2010, 20:29
Paddington Bear will be meeting local children using the Severn Beach line to help celebrate the new Sunday services.
Fantastic news for Severn Beach residents
South Gloucestershire Council has funded an extension of the Severn Beach Sunday service from Bristol Temple Meads for the summer period until Sunday 5 September.
To celebrate the new service, Paddington will be at the Severn Beach platform at Bristol Temple Meads on Sunday 22 August from 2pm-4pm where children can meet him and have their photograph taken. Children travelling on the Severn Beach line will also be given a special Paddington Bear activity pack.
The additional service improves transport provision in the area and also attract tourists and encourage families to have a day out travelling around the region by train. The service to Severn Beach runs hourly with certain trains running beyond Bristol Temple Meads to Weston-super-Mare and Taunton.
Cllr Brian Allinson, executive member for planning, transportation and strategic environment, said: “The Severn Beach line provides a wonderful opportunity for people to go out and explore the local countryside and is a useful regular connection to Bristol city centre for the residents of Severn Beach. The council is committed to improving transport for all our residents.”
Andy Saunders from First Great Western said: “Paddington is delighted to celebrate the success of the new Severn Beach Sunday service. This is an important train service for the local region with some fantastic scenic views. Paddington is looking forward to sharing his marmalade sandwiches with the children.”
Activity packs will be handed out to children on the 1423 service from Bristol Temple Meads and the return service from Severn Beach at 1512.
For train timetable information contact national rail on 08457 48 49 50 or visit www.nationalrail.co.uk