8 April 2019:
The Portishead line re-opening is at last fully funded! The Secretary of State has said that the £31.9 million from the Department of Transport that is needed to fill the financial gap in the multi-million-pound project, together with the money already allocated by North Somerset and the West of England Combined Authority has been agreed.
20 February 2019:
At a full Council meeting on 19 Feb, North Somerset Council agreed to allocate up to £15m of regional funding from the Economic Development Fund to help reduce the funding gap for the project, subject to approval by the West of England Joint Committee. Authorisation was also given to request up to £11.65m from the Local Growth Fund to complete detailed design. The Development Consent Order submission is now scheduled for June 2019.
See North Somerset Council news >>.
15 February 2019:
MetroWest has issued a news update issue 7. Details >>
6 December 2018:
Portishead Railway Group has issued a December Update, summarising the current progress on the project.
4 December 2018:
On 4 December North Somerset Council Executive Committee approved the transfer of £1.4m from a contingency budget to the 2018/19 MetroWest Phase 1 budget, in order to finalise the Development Consent Order. The DCO is now due for submission in April 2019. See Press article 18 Dec 2018.
27 November 2018:
Portishead Railway Group issued its response to the Tram-train proposal. Details >>
21 October 2018:
Proposals for the use of Tram-trains by Chris Grayling, Sec. of State for Transport, and Metro Mayor Tim Bowles, as a way of reducing costs have been criticised by North Somerset Council. See Press article 17 Oct 2018.
17 July 2018:
MetroWest has published the report on the Stage 2 Consultation held in late 2017. View report >>
15 June 2018:
North Somerset Council together with Gloucestershire County Council and Wiltshire Council, has submitted an ‘expression of interest’ to the Department of Transport’s Transforming Cities Fund as one of a number of options to secure the remaining funding required for MetroWest Phase 1. See NSC News item.
6 June 2018:
Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling has written to North Somerset MP Liam Fox, pledging his support for the Portishead line scheme. See Press articles 6 June 2018.
20 May 2018:
MetroWest has failed in its bid for £46 million funding from the Large Local Major Transport Schemes fund. However, this doesn’t mean the project is dead, just that that particular source of funds is not available. Funding of a total of £70 million is already in place leaving £46 million which MetroWest still needs to source.
18 February 2018: