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Portishead line reopening delayed


A decision as to whether the Portishead line will return to life has been delayed by the government.

North Somerset District Council had applied for the development under the Planning Act of 2008 for the construction of a new railway on the track bed on the former branch line from Bristol to Portishead.

At the last moment, the Secretary of State has delayed the deadline for a decision on the Development Consent Order for six months. The deadline for a decision has now been moved to 19 April 2022.

The application also included an attempt to gain environmental consent to carry out work on the existing freight railway through Avon Gorge, as well as get powers to compulsorily purchase land.

Map of proposed Portishead Branch line.

The MetroWest Phase 1 project proposes to re-open the Portishead rail line as well as improve local passenger train services on the Severn Beach and Bath to Bristol lines. The proposals include a new rail station at Portishead as well as the reopening of the former station at Pill.

Phase 1 includes:

  • Severn Beach: Hourly services on the Severn Beach Line to Bristol Temple Meads and half hourly services from Avonmouth to Bristol Temple Meads calling at a new station at Portway next to the Park and Ride.
  • Bath & Westbury: Half hourly services from Bristol Temple Meads to Bath to Westbury.
  • Portishead Line: Re-opening of the Portishead Line providing an hourly service between Portishead and Bristol Temple Meads with new stations at Pill and Portishead.

The decision for the delay on the deadline was for the “consideration of environmental matters”.


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