Rail Line Hopes Revived
by John Thompson - Evening Post
fighting to reopen the Portishead to
Portishead residents have been
campaigning for years to reopen the line to ease traffic congestion on the A369.
The town is the fastest growing in the region, with 4,000 new homes being built around the new marina, which will bring 10,000
new residents. It will make Portishead the second largest town in
Members of the Portishead Railway Group said today the announcement was a "big step forward" in their campaign to get the line reopened. Chairman Alan Matthews said: "I don't think it would be particularly difficult to reopen the line. The residents want it and the developers building the new homes want it." Group member Matt Skidmore said he was very happy the feasibility study was being considered. He said: “If it tells First Group that the line would be viable, then it would be up to them to ask the rail authorities to provide the money to get the track reopened. The line up to Pill is already in use for freight trains to Royal Portbury Dock and I don't think the extra three‑mile stretch of track to Portishead would cost a lot more than £5 to £7 million."
Woodspring MP Dr Liam Fox has
dubbed Portishead the most over‑crowded cul-de-sac in
The Department of Transport
said today that First Group's success in winning the Great Western franchise
did not change the process of getting the