August 2019 update
- The DCO application documents such as the Environmental Statement and the numerous plans and drawings are in the final drafting stages, being reviewed and checked ready for submission
- Engagement continues with important statutory stakeholders such as the Environment Agency and Natural England to help finalise the DCO application documents
- Engagement also continues with the many landowners who will be affected by the scheme during both the construction and operational phases
July 2019 update
- Following our review of title and Land Registry information, a targeted consultation is underway until 19th August. We have contacted affected parties directly with details of how to respond.
June 2019 update
- At a Full Council meeting, North Somerset Council agreed to submit a Development Consent Order (DCO) application to the Planning Inspectorate, a requirement to reopen the Portishead to Bristol line.
Relaunching train services from Portishead with new stations at Portishead and Pill is a key part of the first phase of the MetroWest programme of transport improvements across the region being led by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) and North Somerset Council.
The West of England Joint committee has also confirmed a £500,000 allocation to the MetroWest scheme, following the Transport Secretary’s commitment of an extra £31.9m to complete the funding needed. The Severn Beach line extension to Bath and Westbury is also on track for 2021.
Once the application is registered by the Planning Inspectorate, the Secretary of State for Transport is expected to make a decision within 18 months.
Subject to final business case approval, construction work is expected to start on the Portishead to Bristol line in December 2021 and take around two years to complete.
As well as reopening the Portishead Rail branch line, with two new stations at Portishead and at Pill, this MetroWest scheme also includes vital improvements to passenger services along the Severn Beach and Bristol to Bath Lines.
We received over 1,000 responses from members of the community, statutory bodies, landowners and other interested parties. Issues raised have been captured and considered in the Stage 2 Consultation Report which is now available and will help develop the scheme.
We will continue to engage with individual stakeholders on outstanding issues or concerns regarding the development of the project as we finalise the application for a Development Consent Order (DCO). Thank you to everyone who took part.
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.