4 November 2011: Rail industry bosses have met to debate plans for revitalisation of suburban train travel, including the Portishead line. They took a railcar tour of the local network, including down to Portbury. See BBC News Website.
Government rejects bid for funds
1 November 2011: The bid for funding from the Government was not successful. PRG is already pursuing local MPs to seek out further central Government funding options and by the time of our AGM, we will endeavour to have a full update on why the NSC bid failed and what we, as a campaigning group, will do next. See also Evening Post article 1 Nov 2011.
Meeting backs £43.3m Portishead to Bristol rail link
1 July 2011: At a meeting in Weston-super-Mare, the West of England Partnership decided to put forward a bid for £43.3m of government cash from the Regional Growth Fund to reopen the Portishead to Bristol railway line. Plans were also announced for a rail summit in the autumn as part of a drive to tackle rail issues across the West. See BBC Web site and North Somerset Council Website.
New campaign launched
20 June 2011: Portishead Railway Group have joined forces with Transport for Greater Bristol Alliance, Friends of Bristol Suburban Railways, and Sustainable Pill And District to support a new campaign highlighting the failure of the West of England Partnership – the body that represents Bristol and its three neighbouring councils – to deliver the long-awaited passenger service to Portishead. See Evening Post article 20 June 2011.
Dr Liam Fox letter
10 June 2011: Portishead Railway Group is asking local people to send letters to Liam Fox, to seek his support regarding North Somerset Council’s application for funding through the Regional Growth Fund. Details and reply from Dr Fox....