Steam up for Posset link
By Richard Bache. Clevedon
THE campaign to reopen the
The Portishead Heritage Railway Project has collected more than 1,500 signatures from the town's residents urging policymakers to prioritise the reopening of the line to ease chronic traffic problems.
The line was
closed in the 1960s as it, like many other rural lines, fell victim to
Dr Beeching's reorganisation of
But Portishead's rapidly growing population has seen
traffic congestion increase to such an extent that last year Woodspring MP Dr
Liam Fox told Parliament the town was '
The PHRP handed the petition to Portishead Town Council last Wednesday evening and to Bristol City Council on Tuesday. The new joint chairman of the group, Matt Skidmore, said that the idea of the petition was to let councillors working on the Joint Local Transport Plan gauge the depth of feeling in Portishead about the line.
The LTP is a joint document
currently being worked on by North Somerset Council,
Bristol City Council, South Gloucestershire Council and
Mr Skidmore said: "It is a no-brainer. Everybody wants to see the line reinstated but it is a matter of convincing those that control the purse‑strings to act."