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Rail infrastructure improvements      Updated Jan 2018


Reopening the Portishead line feeds off other Rail Infrastructure Improvements


Following MetroWest’s public consultations, many people have some idea of the works required along the line. What’s probably not so widely known is that reopening the Portishead line relies on completion of a number of other Bristol area rail infrastructure improvements. Here’s an outline of these other major items of rail infrastructure improvement and how they relate to reopening the Portishead line:


Parson Street Improvements


Filton Bank Improvements


Mainline Electrification


Bristol Area Signalling Re-engineering


Temple Meads passenger capacity improvements


Bristol East Junction enhancements/renewal


Although all of the above Network Rail programmes are well underway (except for the last), their individual completion dates are subject to some variation.  

The slippage in timescales for MetroWest Phase 1 means that most of the above programmes should complete without causing delays to the Portishead line, the main item of concern being the Bristol East Junction works which could be a major risk.


PRG will keep you informed regarding these other essential rail infrastructure programmes as they progress.


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