Various petitions have been made over the years to support the case, and some are listed below:
2012 petition from Greater Bristol Metro project
A petition to Government about the Greater Bristol Metro project and the new Greater Western Franchise included the Portishead line. Closing date was 27 May 2012.
Although not initiated by the Portishead Railway Group, we supported the petition raised by Mike Sperring.
David Jolley petition
A separate petition raised by David Jolley gained 4917 signatures. It asked for changes to a Portishead traffic light junction and for the railway to be reopened. He submitted the petition to North Somerset Council on Tues 27 Sept 2005.
An e-petition to Bristol City Council was raised in January 2005.
The petition read: “The undersigned request that Bristol City Council seek the reopening of the Bristol to Portishead Railway as a matter of urgency, by incorporating the reopening of the line into their present and future transport policy and lobbying all agencies concerned with the reopening of the railway line.”
The petition closed on 29 March having collected 327 on-line signatures. It was decided also to produce a paper version which received over 1500 signatures.
It was then decided to take the opportunity of also submitting the petition to North Somerset Council and Portishead Town Council.
The petition was presented to Portishead Town Council on Weds 6 July 2005.
It was presented to Bristol City Council on Weds 12 July by Matt Skidmore (PHRP Co-Chairman) through Councillor Helen Holland and referred to the Executive Member for Transport & Development Control for consideration and response.
It was presented to North Somerset Council on Tues 26 July 2005 by Jean Lord, Chair of Portishead Town Council. For the response from Bristol City Council - see News October 2005.
Note that the paper signatures are not included on-line, but were submitted with the e-petition.