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The Portishead Railway Group has long campaigned for the Portishead to Bristol railway line to be re-opened. Portishead, as a rapidly growing town badly needs a rail connection, and all recent studies have shown that this is commercially sound and financially affordable.

Re-opening is now going ahead as a key part of the MetroWest project which will link and upgrade the railway system in the Bristol area.

The line is now planned to open by late 2019 and Portishead Railway Group is closely monitoring progress.

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History: The railway opened on 18th April 1867 as a broad gauge branch and was operated by the GWR. The line was closed to passenger traffic in September 1964, and freight in 1981, then lay disused except for occasional steam specials, but in 2002 most of it was reopened for freight use only.

More about the line’s history ...


Local railway network improvements


temporary line closures.


Track clearance



Next meeting:

Tues 12 July 2016 at Folk Hall

Site last updated 20 Apr 2016

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North Somerset Council to buy land for stations.

See News 19 April 2016.

Portishead Rail Services Winter 15/16 update

MetroWest Newsletter No 5

Stage 1 Public Consultation report published.

See News 23 Dec 2015

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Date of opening now late 2019

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