Friends of Suburban Bristol Railways

Campaign Updates 2014

Stapleton Road Gazebo Stapleton Road Gazebo
December 2014






Ashton Gate Re-development Campaign Kick-Off for Ashton Gate Station
15th December 2014






FOSBR Statement to WEP FOSBR Statement to West of England Partnership regarding MetroWest Phases 1&2 and potential station re-openings
12th December 2014





Bridgwater station Strategy for Bridgwater Rail Station by Friends of Bridgwater Station - September 2014
A public meeting was held 4th December 2014 here




Network Rail Drop-In Sessions Network Rail have been holding a series of drop-in sessions in Bristol and Bath about Great Western Route Modernisation including Electrification & Filton Four Tracks
November 2014




Portishead potential station location The Post reports "Favourite site chosen for new Portishead railway station" - 20th October 2014 Option 2B (across Quays Avenue) is preferred by public consultation
All location options are described on TravelWest website here




Henbury Loop SERA Will Fancy Memorial Lecture with Christian Wolmar - 24th October 2014
There was coverage of the event in Bristol24/7 here





FOSBR outing to The Lamplighters FOSBR visit the newly re-opened Lamplighters pub in Shirehampton -
26th October 2014






  • Severn Beach Line Summer Sunday Passenger Count: SCRP Results show Sunday passenger numbers top 1080 - 7th September 2014

  • Summer Sunday passenger count September 2014 Severn Beach Line Summer Sunday Passenger Count - SCRP Results show Sunday passenger numbers are more than 1080




    Non-collection of fares FOSBR Chairman's thoughts on non-collection of fares on Bristol trains in Autumn Newsletter - October 2014 Coverage of the general problem in The Post in August here




  • FOSBR Response to WEP Preliminary Business Case for MetroWest Phase1 - 12th September 2014
      Includes FOSBR comments on omission of Ashton Gate and Bedminster stations from MetroWest Phase1 plans
      Original business case documents are on TravelWest website here
  • Speaker's Corner: John Hall comments in The Post on five years of a Bristol "traffic supremo" - 31st August 2014
    The Post's prior interview with said supremo can be found here
  • 1896 timetable Under The Floorboards – Examination of an 1896 Great Western Suburban Bristol Timetable - August 2014




    Portbury & Henbury excursion Passenger train excursion to Portbury Dock & around Henbury Loop freight lines - Saturday 19th July 2014





    Melksham Carnival FOSBR walked with TransWilts in Melksham Carnival Parade! - Saturday 12th July 2014
    Watch the VIDEO
    Leaflet of which we distributed 1500 to the carnival crowd here




    Unite the city UNITE THE CITY! FOSBR celebrated the new evening service at Bedminster - 19:37 Wednesday 2nd July 2014   and coverage in The Post here




  • Response to Great Western Franchise Consultation submitted by FOSBR & TfGB 26th June 2014
      and coverage of some of the issues in the Bristol Post here
  • June 2014 Severn Beach Line Passenger Count - 12th June 2014
      SCRP Results show passenger numbers up 16% in 12 months as weekday passenger numbers top 5000
  • Summer weekday passenger count June 2014 Severn Beach Line Passenger Count - SCRP Results show passenger numbers up 16% in 12 months
    Weekday passenger numbers top 5000





    Ride2Stride FOSBR member Julie visits Ride2Stride - a festival of walks, talks and music along the Settle-Carlisle Railway - May 2014
    Watch the VIDEO


  • FOSBR Statement to South Glos Full Council (submitted by Tina Biggs)- Weds 29th May 2014
  • ON TRACK by Julie Boston, published The Post, 26th May 2014 - "Let mayor know that train fares are unacceptable"
  • Rail Regeneration Pledge - Spread the Word amongst Councillors & MEPs! (Election day is Thursday 22nd May 2014)
  • Update on Portway Park&Ride from Severnside Community Rail Partnership (April 2014)
  • FOSBR at Barnstaple station From Severn to Taw by Train: An Account of the FOSBR Trip to Barnstaple - Saturday 22nd March 2014





  • Link to Bristol Post article on Henbury rally: "Campaigners' fight goes on to re-open station" 14th March 2014
  • FOSBR supported Action for Rail campaign at Bristol Temple Meads - Keep East Coast Public "People before Profit" - 7th March 2014
  • Link to Bristol Post article on Saltford event: "Hundreds at Saltford station re-opening meeting" 25th February 2014
  • BS10 Group Statement for WEP Scrutiny Committee on Friday 31st January 2014
  • Minutes from FOSBR AGM 17th January 2014
  • Resolutions from FOSBR AGM 17th January 2014
  • Severnside Community Rail Partnership - Progress Report (January 2014)
      This most recent report includes statistics on station usage throughout the region and is really worth a look
  • FOSBR Statement on Henbury Loop (January 2014)
  • Severn Beach – Blue Lagoon Read about the Blue Lagoon Bathing Pool at Severn Beach (long-gone!) January 2014