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12 December 2019:

The Development Consent Order (DCO) has been accepted to proceed to examination by the Planning Inspectorate (PINS).


15 November 2019:

The Development Consent Order (DCO) was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) on 15 November. PINS Website >> See also North Somerset Council Press Release. The Planning Inspectorate will review the application and decide whether or not to accept it by Friday 13 December 2019.

16 October 2019:

Dr Liam Fox secures House of Commons Adjournment Debate on The Future of Portishead Railway.

Full transcript >>

15 October 2019:

Submission of the Development Consent Order (DCO) is still awaited. It had been planned for September, but is believed to be fairly imminent.

July 2019:

MetroWest has issued a news update issue 8. Details >>

27 June 2019:

At a full Council meeting on Tuesday 25 June, North Somerset Council agreed to submit a Development Consent Order (DCO) application to the Planning Inspectorate for the MetroWest Phase 1 scheme. Travelwest update >>

20 April 2019:

Portishead Railway Group committee has produced an article on ‘How the funding was agreed and what happens now >>’.

8 April 2019:

The Portishead line re-opening is at last fully funded! The Secretary of State has said that the £31.9 million from the Department of Transport that is needed to fill the financial gap in the multi-million-pound project, together with the money already allocated by North Somerset and the West of England Combined Authority has been agreed.

See North Somerset Council News item and Press article 8 April 2019.

20 February 2019:

At a full Council meeting on 19 Feb, North Somerset Council agreed to allocate up to £15m of regional funding from the Economic Development Fund to help reduce the funding gap for the project, subject to approval by the West of England Joint Committee. Authorisation was also given to request up to £11.65m from the Local Growth Fund to complete detailed design. The Development Consent Order submission is now scheduled for June 2019.

See North Somerset Council news >>.

Full report >>

15 February 2019:

MetroWest has issued a news update issue 7. Details >>

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