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Written by Pete Lawson - 07 Jul 2004
last update by Dean Gibbs - 22 Aug 2007
and by Glen Batten - 24 Mar 2008
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Location notes
A footbridge crossing the main line between Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway.
Please note: As of September 2016 this foot bridge has been demolished and is no longer available.
Railway type and traffic
The main line north out of Bristol. Traffic includes cross-country Voyagers, Wessex Trains 150s & 143s, Alphaline and Central Trains liveried 158s.
It is also possible to see a variety of freight including MGR and automotive trains from Portbury.
An inner-city location which can be very peaceful during weekdays. There can be kids hanging around once school is out and they can be of the 'lippy' variety! A location that one should perhaps just keep an eye out for who is approaching.
Road directions
From the M32, Junction 2:
Take what is basically a right onto Muller Road. (this is an enormous and very busy roundabout, be careful!) Follow Muller Road up the hill, down the other side and under the railway bridge. Pass the bus depot which is on the right hand side and turn right at the next set of traffic lights into Downend Road. Follow Downend Road to it's end where the road joins Dovercourt Road on a left hand bend and stay on Dovercourt Road. Look for a rank of shops on the right hand side opposite Elmore Road. The footpath to the bridge starts just past this rank of shops.

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Lockleaze Footbridge map co-ordinates
Plenty of parking on Dovercourt Road. The car will be safe, but as usual you should make sure no valuables are visible.
Public transport
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No toilets. A rank of shops on Dovercourt Road including a chip shop.
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Lockleaze Footbridge

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Streetmap links
Lockleaze Footbridge general view map
Lockleaze Footbridge close up map

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Lockleaze Footbridge

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Photographic notes
Please note: As of September 2016 this foot bridge has been demolished and is no longer available.
A great view south which is down a steep gradient and has an S-bend at the bottom. This is particularly good for those that have good telephoto lenses and videographers and the bridge is a favourite spot for capturing steam specials as they struggle up Ashley Hill.

The view north is obscured by bridges but still offers some good opportunities.

Edit to the existing information:
A cage has been put over this footbridge now, which makes photographing from it a lot more difficult. There are shots from the 2 road bridges heading towards Filton Abbey Wood though.
Links to photographs at this location

The Bristol Railway Archive - Lockleaze Footbridge

General views - All photographs © Pete Lawson unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking south

Fig 1 - Looking south

Fig 2 - Looking south

Fig 2 - Looking south

Fig 3 - Looking north

Fig 3 - Looking north

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