More than a dozen local organisations have
put their weight behind the Severn Beach railway line after a
row over funding. Charities, NHS primary care trusts and
businesses are among those who have signed an open letter
condemning Bristol City Council for ending a subsidy for the
busy commuter rail line.
line's £136,000 annual subsidy is being scrapped in the new
budget approved by members on February 26.
group Friends of Suburban Bristol Railways says this will lead
to a reduction in services.
The council has said the
subsidy was only ended after First Great Western said it would
pick up the bill.