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Bristol Parkway Train Station

Bristol Parkway railway station, operated by First Great Western, is in the Stoke Gifford area of Bristol and lies on the Great Western Main Line. The station has a staffed ticket office although passengers should note that it is not open in the late evening. Passengers are able to collect tickets purchased in advance (for example, on the internet) from one of the automatic ticket machines located in the station.

Facilities at the station include ATM's, pay phones, public wifi, a cafe overlooking the tracks, shops, toilets and baby changing facilities.

The station has three platforms, unusually numbered 2, 3 and 4. Platform 2 serves trains to the west towards Wales and Bristol Temple Meads. Platform 3 serves mainly inter city trains towards London and Birmingham New Street. Platform 4 serves trains destined for mainly local services.

Passengers services calling at the station are operated by First Great Western and CrossCountry. Bristol Parkway was the first of a new generation of park and ride railway stations, and a large number of passengers use it for that purpose. Over the period 2002–2012, the number of passengers starting or ending a journey at Bristol Parkway grew by 1 million passengers per year to 2.25 million.

Parking is available at the station for 1,140 vehicles and is open 24 hours a day.

Birmingham New Street Train Station

Located in Birmingham city centre, Birmingham New Street railway station offers passengers services to destinations including London Euston, Coventry, Bristol Temple Meads, Plymouth, Penzance, Nottingham, Derby, Reading, Oxford, Southampton Central, Bournemouth, Northampton, Liverpool Lime Street, Crewe, Birmingham International and Holyhead.

The station, in the West Midlands region of England, is operated by Network Rail with passenger services being operated by CrossCountry, Virgin Trains, Arriva Trains Wales and London Midland.

Passenger facilities at the station include ATM's, a First Class Lounge, pay phones, public wifi, food outlets, shops (including Boots, Costa Coffee and W H Smith), toilets and baby changing facilities. There is a short stay car park at the station for 40 vehicles and is open 24 hours a day.

The station is one of three main line railway stations serving the centre of Birmingham: the other two are Birmingham Moor Street and Birmingham Snow Hill. Birmingham Moor Street railway station is a short walk from Birmingham New Street and the route to take is well signposted and takes passengers under the Bullring shopping centre.

The station is the eighth busiest railway station in the UK and the busiest outside London, with 32 million passenger entries and exits between April 2012 and March 2013. It is also the busiest interchange station outside London, with over 5.1 million passengers changing trains at the station annually.