Commuter train pulls into Montpelier Severn Beach Line – December 2021 timetable The December 2021 timetable for the Severn Beach Line is a significant improvement on the current timetable, with a more frequent weekday service to Avonmouth… Continue reading...

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Passengers boarding a South Western Railway Bristol to Waterloo service at Bath Spa Plans to cut Bristol to Waterloo service 8 Oct 2021 by Graham Ellis The Department for Transport plans to cut the through train service from Bristol, Keynsham, Bath, Bradford-on-Avon and Trowbridge to London (Waterloo) via Salisbury on 12th… Continue reading...
Earth seen from space Net zero by 2030: Can local rail help? 30 Sep 2021 by Tim Weekes We need to act rapidly if we are to avoid the worst effects of the climate emergency. There can be no doubt that unless we… Continue reading...
UK Railtours excursion train on Westerleigh Branch 11/09/21 (c) Paul Clark A trip down the Westerleigh Branch 28 Sep 2021 by Carol Durrant On Saturday 11th September, UK Railtours ran a charter train to some freight lines of interest to FoSBR. Tina, Brendan, Carol & David of FoSBR went… Continue reading...
Richard, Tabitha and Daniel pose with Teresa and their fayre purchases Severn Beach Craft Fayre and Family Fun Day 6 Sep 2021 by Teresa McGill FoSBR provided a stall at the Severn Beach Craft Fayre and Family Fun Day on 4th September. It generated a lot of interest! Continue reading...
Henbury station site - Tony Lloyd, Mark Weston, Mark Maggs Visit to Henbury station site 3 Sep 2021 by Carol Durrant FoSBR met Cllr Mark Weston at the site of the new Henbury train station in August, to discuss the new station and other opportunities for… Continue reading...
Site of proposed station at St Annes Park, summer 2021 St Annes Park station: Survey Results 29 Aug 2021 by Tim Weekes FoSBR conducted a survey to find out how people would use a new train station at St Annes. Here are the results! Continue reading...
four track main line Four tracks from Bristol Parkway to Yate? 26 Aug 2021 by Tim Weekes Network Rail say four tracks are needed between Bristol Parkway and Westerleigh Junction, Yate, to allow for planned service improvements. Continue reading...
Maria Perrett of Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust, local councillor David Wilcox and FoSBR's Rob Dixon and Tim Weekes at the site of proposed Lockleaze train station A station for Lockleaze? 17 Jul 2021 by Rob Dixon Lockleaze residents have joined with FoSBR to campaign for a new train station at Constable Road. Join us on 31st July to show your support! Continue reading...
Councillor Guy Poultney with FoSBR members during our trip to Severn Beach Trip to Severn Beach 9 Jul 2021 by Carol Durrant FoSBR members rode the train to Severn Beach on Saturday 3rd July.  This seemed a good date for a trip as the Bristol Rail Regeneration… 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.