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Stage 2 Consultation on reopening the Portishead branch line

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 reopen the Portishead branch line and reintroduce passenger train services, as part of MetroWest Phase 1.

Reopening the Portishead branch line requires development consent from the Secretary of State through a Development Consent Order (DCO).

This consultation is about our proposal to apply for a DCO to re-open the Portishead branch line. We are required to publish a Statement of Community Consultation which details how we will consult during the consultation period and is available to download using the link below.

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.

A paper copy of the Statement of Community Consultation is held at the following locations and is available to view from 18 September to 4 December at:

  • 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 5TL
  • Marksbury Road Library, Marksbury Road, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 5LG
  • Citizen Service Point, Bristol City Council, 100 Temple Street, BS1 6AG

Details on the consultation including how you can take part will be posted here shortly.

We are required to publish a Statement of Community Consultation which details how we are planning to consult during the consultation period. The SOCC can be viewed by clicking the link below:

Our document store website provides links to current and historic documents about the MetroWest Phase 1 project.

MetroWest news

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 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 reopening 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.

MetroWest Newsletter

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Previous editions of the newsletter can be viewed below.

MetroWest leaflet - November 2015

Further information

Additional information about the MetroWest project can be found using the link below.

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