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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 (Phase 1B) of the MetroWest project which will link and upgrade the railway system in the Bristol area. The project is now fully funded and we are awaiting approval of the Development Consent Order (DCO).

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.

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MetroWest latest …


Local railway network improvements (updated Oct 2019)


temporary line closures.


Site last updated

8 November 2019

Next meeting:

Tues 3 Dec 2019 at Folk Hall

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DCO submitted. See News 8 Nov 2019.

House of Commons debates Future of Portishead Railway. See News 16 Oct 2019.

MetroWest News update July 2019. See News July 2019 ...

North Somerset Council agrees to submit DCO. See News 27 June.

Project now fully funded!

See News 8 April 2019.

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