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New Stations

The latest Stage 2 Public Consultation in Oct-Dec 2017, included revised proposals for a new station at Portishead. It is proposed to have a single platform (able to take up to 5 carriages), with a canopy over part of the platform, lighting, passenger information displays and audible information, a station building with a ticket office, waiting area, toilets and space for a retail concession. There will be a station forecourt with seating, cycle parking, taxi rank, disabled parking, bus stop, lighting, a 70 space car park and a larger car park opposite the station with up to 210 spaces.

Image of new Portishead station ...


The new station at Pill will have a new platform (for up to 5 carriages), a new waiting shelter, lighting, passenger information departure displays and audible information. There will be a 65 space car park and cycle parking. Image of new Pill station ...


Further details can be found on the MetroWest site here ...        See also The new railway ...

Portishead station location

In 2014 three options for the Portishead terminus station site were considered by North Somerset Council:

Option 1) Original proposal behind Lidl car park,

Option 2) East of Quays Avenue,

Option 3) North of Moor Farm.


Option 1 required a bridge over Quays Avenue, to avoid a level crossing. North Somerset rejected options 1 and 3 and held a public consultation on three new potential station sites (options 2A, 2B and 2C) in June/July 2014. North Somerset Council decided on the station location (Option 2B map) on 17 March 2015.

 

The station was originally to be sited at the rear of the Travelodge/Lidl car park area where land had been reserved for many years. This location was rejected by the Office of Rail Regulation in March 2015 as it would have required a level crossing over Quays Avenue.


Our mural was sited at this original location and unveiled by Liam Fox, MP, on 28 April 2012. It was removed in August 2014.

Our station proposal

Portishead Railway Group commissioned architect Andrew Mair BA(Hons), Dip(Arch), Dip(PS), RIBA, MAPM, to design a suitable station for Portishead. The brief was to create a station which would be an appropriate gateway to the town as specified by Transport Policy T/3 ‘Proposed Railway Stations’ of the North Somerset Local Plan dated 21st June 2007 which states that:


'The importance of the station as a principal gateway to the town – forming first impressions – should not be under-estimated. The character, quality and local distinctiveness of the town needs to be reflected in the design of the station and it's approaches'.



The design incorporates a concession, toilets and waiting room. We have had costings done and believe that it is affordable within the GRIP 3 budget. Please note that this is not the official design.


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