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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 going ahead as a key part (Phase 1B) of the MetroWest project which will link and upgrade the railway system in the Bristol area. The project is fully funded and is now awaiting a decision from the Secretary of State for Transport on the Development Consent Order (DCO) now delayed until April 2022.


Transport Secretary delays decision on DCO to 19 April 2022. See News Oct 2021.

The Examining Authority issued a Recommendation Report on the project to the Secretary of State for Transport. See News July 2021.

DCO now available for public view. See News  15 Jan 2020.

DCO submitted. See News 15 Nov 2019.

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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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20 Oct 2021

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