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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.

Stage 2 Public Consultation took place from October - December 2017. Details ...

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 ...

Stage 2 Public Consultation

report published.

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Local railway network improvements


temporary line closures.


Next meeting:

Tues 3 Dec 2019 at Folk Hall

Site last updated

29 Aug 2019

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North Somerset Council agrees to submit DCO. See News 27 June 2019.

How funding was agreed and what happens now. PRG article ...

Project now fully funded!

See News 8 April 2019.

MetroWest News update Feb 2019. See News 15 Feb 2019 ...

December 2018 Update ...

Date of opening ???


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Our proposal for new station at Portishead Timescales GWR Class 166 DMU Click for details

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