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.

Document store

Our document store contains current and historic documents about the MetroWest Phase 1 project.

Report on our previous consultation

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.

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.

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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