“All aboard?” Bristol currency now accepted at Bristol Temple Meads station

Wednesday 15th July 2015
The Bristol Pound, the UK’s first city-wide local currency is to be accepted by First Great Western for the first time at our Bristol Temple Meads station. 

Designed to build stronger community connections and support a greener local economy, the currency is already accepted by First bus, Good Energy and Bristol City Council for Council Tax. Now customers will be able to use Bristol Pounds at the station’s ticket offices from Tuesday 14 July to be used to buy rail tickets.

Station Manager Mike Holmes explains: 

“Dedicated to supporting the communities we serve, when I heard about the Bristol Pound I wanted to get on board – and to help focus peoples’ minds on all things local. 

“The Great Western mainline was built not only to connect London to Bristol, but to transport the goods arriving from America at Bristol harbour to the capital and beyond. As we continue to build a greater west, we are know that Bristol’s influence as a key economic player and as city of culture and creativity will continue to grow.” 

People in the city can open accounts held with Bristol Credit Union, and then they can withdraw Bristol Pounds at selected cash points across the city, use their mobile phone, or online to pay for goods or services at hundreds of Bristol locations. The ticket office at Bristol Temple Meads will be able to accept the paper version of the Bristol Pound. 

Michael Lloyd-Jones, Core Scheme Manager of the Bristol Pound said: 

“Almost three years since the Bristol Pound was launched, we’re delighted that First Great Western are now accepting Bristol Pounds at Temple Meads station. It’s another big milestone for the £B scheme in our year as European Green Capital. Together I hope we can continue to grow the Bristol Pound scheme and make it a normal activity for everyone living and visiting Bristol.”

James Berry, CEO of Bristol Credit Union, also welcomed the new initiative: 

“Bristol Credit Union provides community banking right across Bristol and the West of England region and we’re delighted to be able to support our local independent businesses through making sure even more of Bristol’s money stays local. Welcome aboard First Great Western!” 

Bristol Credit Union provides savings and loans to its members, as well as the Bristol Pound accounts, and will soon be offering a range of business lending too. 

You can spend Bristol Pounds at every participating business using either paper Bristol Pounds (in £B1, £B5, £B10 and £B20 denominations), from a Bristol Pound account using any mobile phone by using a txt2pay system, or over the internet. 

To find out where you can spend your Bristol pounds and the location of £B cash points, where you can change your sterling, visit the Bristol Pound website: bristolpound.org