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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 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 awaiting a decision from the Secretary of State for Transport on the Development Consent Order (DCO) which is now delayed again until Feb 2023.

News

DfT commits to final £15.5m funding. See News 27 July 2022.


Councils to commit extra £10m and ask DfT for £15.5m shortfall. See News 4 July 2022.


Transport Secretary delays decision on DCO again to 19 Feb 2023. See News April 2022.


The Examining Authority issued a Recommendation Report on the project to the Secretary of State for Transport. See News July 2021.



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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.


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Site last updated

27 July 2022



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