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? 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...

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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...
Busy Montpelier station A train every 15 minutes 20 Feb 2021 by FoSBR FoSBR sees MetroWest as the core of an integrated transport network for the Bristol and Bath region. This requires a train every 15 minutes. Continue reading...
Old railway bridge at risk Historic Railway Structures at Risk 8 Feb 2021 by Tony Lloyd Highways England plan to infill or demolish historic railway bridges and tunnels without properly assessing if these structures could be re-used. Continue reading...
Attendees at the FoSBR AGM 2021, held via Zoom FoSBR AGM 2021: Report 3 Feb 2021 by FoSBR Report of the Friends of Suburban Bristol Railways Annual General Meeting, 29th Jan 2021. Continue reading...
Can you help us? Edited picture of Rosie the Riveter Can you help FoSBR? 13 Jan 2021 by Tim Weekes Do you have a skill or talent that could help us? At last it looks like there is light at the end of the COVID… 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.