While it has been known for the odd romance to be kindled on the 07.42 from Clifton Down to Templemeads, this is not the most reliable way to go about dating in Bristol.
Bristol is a city with a forward-thinking attitude.
The prospects for dating in Bristol are bright, with many residents being professional singles with above-average incomes who work in research, engineering, healthcare and financial services.
Bristolians are generally well educated – the city is home to two universities, two FE colleges and many other specialist colleges – and they a healthy lot, too, with well over the national average walking or cycling to work.
There is some evidence that it may have been the western end of the Wansdyke, an early medieval or possibly Roman boundary with a series of defensive linear earthworks extending to the Savernake Forest near Marlborough in Wiltshire.
After the Norman conquest the manor was held by the Bishop of Coutances and later reverted to the crown, after which William II gave it to a merchant from Bristol known as Harding and then to his son Robert Fitzharding who became Lord of Berkeley.
A power station and chemical works were added in the 20th century, but the dock and industrial facilities have since closed and been redeveloped into a marina and residential areas.
These days, many Bristol singles live in new apartments in Harbourside and the city centre, close to their places of work, although there are also plenty living further out and commuting into the city by train or public transport.
Under the Intercity Express Programme, 21 electric Class 800 trains were ordered as replacements for the ageing Inter City 125 diesels.
In May 2016, owing to delays in the modernisation project, it was confirmed that the new trains would be converted to 'bi-mode', meaning they can run on diesel fuel and electric overhead wire.
The work includes electrification, resignalling, new rolling stock and station upgrades.
According to Network Rail, the modernisation started in June 2010 and was due to end in 2017.