Siston Hill Roundabout,part of £30 million scheme to 'improve' A4174 £30 million to ‘improve’ A4174: A good investment? South Gloucestershire Council plan to spend £30 to 'improve' a 7km stretch of the A4174. Is this a good investment? Continue reading...

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Bristol City Council - Election Results 2021 overlaid with local rail lines - original image (c) Bristol City Council May 2021 Elections – Bristol and WECA 13 May 2021 by Tim Weekes The May 2021 elections have changed the political landscape of the Greater Bristol area. What does this mean for sustainable transport? Continue reading...
‘Name the station’ quiz! 4 May 2021 by Carol Durrant In a recent newsletter we ran a 'Name the station' quiz. We now realise that the pictures were too small, and the fact that they… Continue reading...
Bristol East Junction - 22nd April 2021 Summer 2021 engineering works – Bristol East Junction and Temple Meads 25 Apr 2021 by FoSBR Network Rail are remodelling Bristol East Junction, and fixing the roof at Temple Meads. This means changes to the summer timetable. Continue reading...
Sign near Patchway station - would you know where the closest station was? How well does your local railway station work as a bus-rail interchange? 2 Apr 2021 by Carol Durrant FoSBR would like your help! Support our 'Better Stations' campaign by telling us how well your local railway station works as a bus-rail interchange. Continue reading...
Improving regional rail - Train approaching Droitwich Improving Regional Rail 24 Mar 2021 by Tony Lloyd The National Rail Recovery Conference 2021 looked how improving regional rail can help the country recover from COVID-19. Continue reading...
mass and rapid transit plans for bristol Rapid and Mass Transit news 12 Mar 2021 by Carol Durrant In the last few days WECA and Bristol City Council have made public more details about transport planning in the area, including a bus-based rapid… Continue reading...
Union Connectivity Review interim report back cover Better links with South East Wales? 11 Mar 2021 by Tim Weekes Peter Hendy's interim report on the Union Connectivity Review was published in early March 2021. It specifically mentions the need for better links between Bristol… Continue reading...
Stapleton Road – entrance from St Marks Road – shipping container makeover by Anna Higgie Severnside CRP Progress Report – good news and bad news 10 Mar 2021 by Carol Durrant Severnside CRP's annual report has good news about community initiatives, and bad news about local rail ridership falling during COVID-19 Continue reading...
Access to Bedminster Station, via WIndmill Hill bridge Bedminster Station 6 Mar 2021 by Tony Lloyd Bedminster Station could be a very useful transport hub. New development will create a large number of homes within walking distance, but access needs to… Continue reading...

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Who are FoSBR?

FoSBR – Friends of Suburban Bristol Railways – campaign for rail at the core of an integrated transport network for Bristol, Bath and the West of England

We were formed in 1995 as Friends of the Severn Beach Railway by local people who wished to protest against the potential demise of the Severn Beach Line. Services on this single-track branch line in Bristol had been reduced, with many trains replaced by buses.

FoSBR’s first action was on 25 September 1995, when a group of protesters met at Avonmouth railway station with buggies and bicycles, to show that buses were not a suitable replacement for trains. 

Since then we have widened our scope. We now campaign for better rail services for Bristol, Bath and the West of England, as Friends of Suburban Bristol Railways.

In 2007, following pressure from FoSBR and others, Bristol City Council agreed to fund extra services on the Severn Beach Line for an initial three years. Passenger numbers immediately rose by 60%, and double-digit growth has continued since then.

FoSBR was part of the successful campaign to reinstate four tracks between Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway, which will provide capacity for services to Henbury and improved services to Yate and Gloucester.

We now have over 200 members, and continue to campaign for new, more frequent services and new lines in the Bristol area.