It is surely crazy that the last few miles of the Bristol to Portishead branch line lie rusting while thousands more houses are being built in Portishead, and commuters on the A369 get ever more frustrated. The article in the Post on 24 Jan reported that MP Dr Liam Fox was raising the issue in the House of Commons. Maximum public support for this issue is essential if anything is to get done. If any reader wishes to help support the campaign for the reopening of the line, there is a petition running on the Bristol City Council Web site www.bristol-city.gov.uk/item/epetition. Just click on 'list petitions'.
 
There is also a web site for the campaign to reopen the line, the Portishead Heritage Rail Project, www.phrp.org.uk , which has more details and which includes an on-line poll.
 
P Gregory
 
Portishead