Stage 2 Consultation on re-opening the Portishead branch line as part of MetroWest Phase 1

From 23 October to 4 December 2017 we are consulting with the local community, land/property owners, statutory bodies, government agencies, local interest groups and wider stakeholders on our plans to re-open the Portishead branch line and re-introduce passenger train services, as part of MetroWest Phase 1.

Re-opening the Portishead branch line requires development consent from the Secretary of State for Transport through a Development Consent Order (DCO).

This consultation is about our proposal to apply for a DCO to re-open the Portishead branch line as part of MetroWest Phase 1. Our wider MetroWest Phase 1 proposals also include increasing the frequency of trains for the Severn Beach Line and the Bath Spa to Bristol line – this does not require development consent and does not form part of this consultation.

To view the documents for this consultation, please scroll down this webpage to find the links to the Consultation Leaflet and the MetroWest document store. Also scroll down for details of how we are consulting and how you can send us your comments.

Consultation leaflet

Details of our proposals are set out in our consultation leaflet which can be downloaded below.

The pink pages of the leaflet (from page 11 to 23) set out our proposals for the DCO scheme on which we are seeking your views.

To support the consultation, we are holding a series of exhibitions. Dates and venues are listed further down this page, under the heading Public Exhibitions.

Additional consultation information

We are providing copies of the following consultation documents, which can be viewed by clicking the green box below:

  1. Formal notice (under Section 48 of the 2008 Act) of the MetroWest Phase 1 DCO proposals
  2. MetroWest Stage 2 Consultation Leaflet outlining the proposals for the re-opening of the Portishead branch line as part of MetroWest Phase 1.
  3. Preliminary Environmental Information Report (PEIR), including a Non-Technical Summary of PEIR’s assessment of MetroWest Phase 1’s potential environmental impacts.
  4. Land Plan showing the land required for the MetroWest Phase 1 DCO proposals.
  5. Works Plan illustrating the proposed works for the MetroWest Phase 1 DCO proposals.
  6. Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) Plan showing the temporary TROs proposed as part of the MetroWest Phase 1 DCO proposals.
  7. Permanent Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) Plan showing the permanent TROs proposed as part of the MetroWest Phase 1 DCO proposals.
  8. Public Rights of Way Plans.
  9. Visualisations illustrating what the MetroWest Phase 1 DCO proposals will look like at Portishead Station, Pill Station and Ashton Vale once the Portishead branch line has been re-opened.
  10. Explanatory Note on the Development Consent Order and the Examination Process.

How to comment

You can complete our online questionnaire from Monday 23 October by clicking the link below:

Paper copies of our leaflet and questionnaire will also be available at the exhibition events listed below, or can be requested by calling 0117 922 4513.

Completed paper copies of questionnaires should be handed to us at one of the manned exhibition events or returned to MetroWest, 3 Rivergate, Temple Way, Bristol, BS1 6ER.

If you require the questionnaire in any other format, let us know at one of the manned exhibition events or email us at

The consultation starts on 23 October 2017 and runs for six weeks. Please respond by 4 December 2017.

Public Exhibitions

We are holding six exhibitions at the following dates and venues:

  • Friday 10 November – Somerset Hall, The Precinct, Portishead, BS20 6AH (12.30pm – 7.30pm)
  • Wednesday 15 November – Engine Shed, Station Approach, Bristol BS1 6QH (12.30pm – 7.30pm)
  • Tuesday 21 November – Trinity Anglican Primary School (Community Hall), Marjoram Way, Portishead, BS20 7JF (13.30pm – 7.30pm)
  • Wednesday 22 November – Ashton Gate Stadium, Ashton Rd, Bristol BS3 2EJ (12.30pm – 7.30pm)
  • Thursday 23 November – Long Ashton Community Centre, Keedwell Hill, Long Ashton, BS41 9DP (3.30pm – 7.30pm)
  • Friday 24 November – Community Centre, Church Place, Pill, BS20 0AE (12.30pm – 7.30pm)

The railway, highway design and associated proposals will be displayed at all exhibitions. Members of the MetroWest project team will be on hand to answer any questions.

Following the exhibitions, the plans will go on display from:

  • Week commencing Monday 27 November – 100 Temple Street, Bristol, BS1 6HT (9am – 5pm).

Where to view paper copies of the documents

Paper copies of the consultation leaflet, PEIR, and SoCC are held at the following locations until 4 December:

  • Castlewood North Somerset Council Office, Tickenham Road, Clevedon BS21 6FW
  • Long Ashton Library, Lovelinch Gardens, Long Ashton BS41 9AH
  • Pill Library, Crockerne House, Underbanks, Pill BS20 0AT
  • Portishead Library, Horatio House, 24 Harbour Road, Portishead BS20 7AL
  • Weston-super-Mare Library, Town Hall, Walliscote Grove Road, Weston-super-Mare BS23 1UJ
  • Bedminster Library, 4 St Peter’s Court, Bedminster Parade, Bristol BS3 4AQ
  • Bristol Central Library, College Green, Bristol BS1 5T
  • Marksbury Road Library, Marksbury Road, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 5LG
  • Citizen Service Point, Bristol City Council, 100 Temple Street, BS1 6AG

How we are consulting

Further details on how we are consulting during this period is published in our Statement of Community Consultation (SoCC). The SOCC can be viewed by clicking the link below:

Document store

Additional information is available to view at our document store website.

Ashton Vale Road level crossing

We have modelled the traffic impact of our proposed service for the Portishead line.

Our modelling shows that with specific mitigation the existing level crossing can remain open and it won’t be necessary to provide alternative access to the industrial estate. Find out more.

MetroWest rail improvements

The MetroWest project is a package of major rail improvements for the West of England region. The project is being delivered by the West of England councils, who are working in partnership with Network Rail and Great Western Railway to develop the scheme.

The MetroWest proposals are being delivered in two phases, Phase 1 and Phase 2, along with a separate new stations package looking at the potential for future new stations.

MetroWest news

MetroWest Phase 1

The MetroWest Phase 1 project is proposing to re-open the Portishead rail line to passenger train services and to enhance local passenger train services on the Severn Beach and Bath to Bristol lines.

The plans include a new rail station at Portishead and the re-opening of the former station at Pill.

The project is led by North Somerset Council on behalf of the four West of England councils: Bristol City; Bath & North East Somerset; North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

More information about MetroWest Phase 1 can be found on our Phase 1 page.

MetroWest Phase 2

The MetroWest Phase 2 project is proposing to re-open the Henbury Line to an hourly spur passenger service and increase train services to Yate to a half-hourly service.

The plans include new rail stations at Henbury, North Filton and Ashley Down.

The project is led by South Gloucestershire Council on behalf of the four West of England councils.

More information about MetroWest Phase 2 can be found on our Phase 2 page.

New stations package

The West of England councils are looking at the potential for new stations at Saltford, Ashton Gate and Corsham. These stations are not part of the MetroWest Phase 1 and Phase 2 proposals, and are subject to business cases being completed and funding being identified.

Proposals for a new station at Saltford on the line between Bristol and Bath are being pursued by Bath & North East Somerset Council.

Bristol City Council has commissioned a study to investigate the likely costs, benefits and operational feasibility of a new station at Ashton Gate. More information can be found on our New Stations Package page.

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