August 2019: One of Charles Richardson’s admirable achievements as chief engineer for Brunel on a number of railway lines was the construction of the costly and technical harbourside railway, from Temple Meads over a viaduct, through a tunnel under St Mary Redcliffe, over a bascule bridge at Bathurst Basin and onto Merchant’s Quay, Prince’s Wharf and Wapping Wharf.
There is a proposal to completely fill the Redcliffe Railway cutting with student apartments, removing any trace of the cutting itself and fully obscuring the view of the historic Redcliffe tunnel portal which leads under St Mary Redcliffe. The proposal is currently at the pre-planning application stage. There is further up to date information on the Friends of Bathurst Basin website. The website also lists other campaigns in the area.
Local Councillors Paul Smith and Kye Dudd reported in January 2020: We have checked with planners and there has been no proposal submitted for a formal Pre-application, let alone for planning. We will keep a watching brief on this but think it is unlikely that a scheme with any prospect of approval will be submitted. The site landowners wish to retain the car park that currently occupies this space so the proposed residential block will sit on top of this car park