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? 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...

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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...
A train stopped at Montpelier Station, viewed from station footbridge Montpelier station 7 Jul 2021 by Carol Durrant Carol Durrant and Tim Weekes of FoSBR met Councillor Tim Wye of Ashley Ward at Montpelier station in June. This was part of our outreach… Continue reading...
How FosBR uses media - screenshot of website, facebook, twitter, email How FoSBR uses media 4 Jul 2021 by FoSBR FoSBR communicates with different groups of people, for different reasons and in different ways. How do we use our website, Facebook, twitter and other media… Continue reading...
Bristol Rail Regeneration poster Bristol Rail Regeneration – Summer 2021 29 Jun 2021 by Tim Weekes Most FoSBR members will know that the Bristol Rail Regeneration project gets into full swing this summer. During the eight week period from Saturday 10… Continue reading...
Councillor Martin Fodor & FoSBR's Tony Lloyd at Redland Station - 10th June 2021 Opportunities for improvement at Redland Station 24 Jun 2021 by Carol Durrant FoSBR meet local Councillor Martin Fodor at Redland train station to discuss opportunities for improvement. Continue reading...
Councillor Lisa Stone & FoSBR's Tim Weekes at Bedminster - 23rd June 2021 Bedminster station access 23 Jun 2021 by Carol Durrant FoSBR's Carol Durrant and Tim Weekes met Cllr Lisa Stone at Bedminster station to discuss nearby development, station access and future rail developments. Continue reading...
A train passes the site of St Annes Park station, June 2021 St Annes Park Station 16 Jun 2021 by Tim Weekes St Annes Park station, 2.5 km east of Bristol Temple Meads, has funding for its business case. FoSBR met Councillor Tim Rippington there. Continue reading...
Siston Hill Roundabout,part of £30 million scheme to 'improve' A4174 £30 million to ‘improve’ A4174: A good investment? 26 May 2021 by Tim Weekes South Gloucestershire Council plan to spend £30 to 'improve' a 7km stretch of the A4174. Is this a good investment? Continue reading...
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...

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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.