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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 now going ahead as a key part of the MetroWest project which will link and upgrade the railway system in the Bristol area.

The line was planned to open by early 2020, but is currently under consideration. Portishead Railway Group is closely monitoring progress.

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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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Local railway network improvements


temporary line closures.


Track clearance

photos - Pill Junction to Portishead


Next meeting:

Tues 5 Dec 2017 at Folk Hall

Site last updated

16 Sept 2017

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Network Rail responds to FOI request. See News 22 July 2017

North Somerset Council issue Press Release 2 May 2017

MetroWest update March 2017

MetroWest announce tripling of cost estimate. See News 9 March

NSC buys land for station. See News 28 Aug 2016.

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