Reopening the Portishead line to passenger services is a priority for the West of England’s local authorities. It will increase the UK’s passenger rail network by 10 miles and connect an additional 30,000 people to the rail network.

The MetroWest Phase 1 project is proposing to reopen the Portishead rail line and 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 subject to funding and meeting all the regulatory and technical requirements.

MetroWest Phase 1 Development Consent Order

In order to re‐open the railway from Portishead to Pill, North Somerset District Council requires a Development Consent Order (DCO) under the Planning Act 2008.

This webpage will be updated to keep you informed throughout the DCO process. It will include information on each stage of consultation and how you can comment on the proposals to help shape the project.

Pill Station and Ashton Vale Micro-Consultations

Our Micro-consultations on alternative access arrangements for Pill Station and Ashton Vale Industrial Estate and now concluded.

Following the Stage 1 consultation in 2015 it was identified that these areas required possible changes to their design. These changes were felt to be significant enough to consult with local communities to explain potential options and gauge opinions.

Comments submitted to the micro-consultations will be fully considered by the MetroWest authorities before we publish proposals for the next stage of formal consultation.

The Pill Station and Ashton Vale Industrial Estate micro-consultation report can be viewed below

Portishead Branch Line Consultation

The Development Consent Order Stage 1 consultation for MetroWest Phase 1 took place from 22 June to 3 August 2015.

95% or respondents supported the proposals either entirely or mainly.

Information about the consultation can be viewed below.

Portishead Station Location Consultation

Read the report on the 2015 consultation.

MetroWest Phase 1 Preliminary Business Case

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