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Major Updates

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

Our Stage 2 Consultation was held from 23 October to 4 December 2017. The consultation has now closed.

Thank you to everyone who took part. We will consider all the responses we received and will publish a report in early 2018.

Detailed information about MetroWest Phase 1, including the information presented in our Stage 2 consultation, is available to view at our document store website.

MetroWest Phase 1

Upgrading the train service for the Severn Beach Line, the Bath Spa to Bristol Line, and 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 14 kilometres (9 miles), connect an additional 50,000 people to the rail network and improve the existing train service for 180,000 people within 1 kilometre of existing stations.

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.

Ashton Vale Road level crossing

We have now completed highway traffic modelling to determine the traffic impact of our proposed service for the Portishead line.

Our modelling shows that the existing Ashton Vale Road level crossing can remain open with specific mitigation and it won’t be necessary to provide alternative highway access to the Ashton Vale Industrial Estate.

Our proposals are to:

  • Extend the length of the left turn flare lane on Winterstoke Road for vehicles turning in to Ashton Vale Road;
  • Optimise the phasing of the Winterstoke Road  junction traffic signals by using a Microprocessor Optimised Vehicle Actuation (MOVA) system which responds to live traffic volumes by adjusting and optimising the timing of traffic signal phases to make best use of the available capacity; and
  • Install a ramp to the north of the level crossing to connect pedestrians and cyclists from Ashton Vale Road to Ashton Road and the existing network of at grade and subway footpaths and cyclepaths.

We have used the results of our highway traffic modelling to produce the following videos which show the traffic impact of our scheme in the AM and PM peak hours.

Ashton Vale Road industrial estate alternative access consultation 2016

In November/December 2016 we undertook a micro-consultation that proposed options for alternative highway access to the Ashton Vale Road industrial estate.

We did not publish a consultation report because it became apparent in early 2017 that the cost for a half hourly passenger train service on the Portishead line was unaffordable and we would have to change the overall scheme. Our consultation report (based on a half hourly passenger service) is now available from our document store.

Portishead Branch Line Consultation 2015

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 2015

Information about the consultation can be viewed below.

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