The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) is made up of South Gloucestershire, Bristol, and Bath and North East Somerset councils. Led by Metro Mayor Tim Bowles, they re working on their Joint Local Transport Plan (JLTP4) for the period up to 2036. The FOSBR Plan for Rail accelerates and extends WECA’s rail plan by adding new stations and capacity across the region.
The FOSBR Plan for Rail accelerates and extends WECA’s rail plan:
FOSBR wants to see at least half-hourly services to all stations with future 15 minute frequency, together with new stations and infrastructure to ensure convenience and reliability.
Reopen stations across the network
- Deliver MetroWest Phase 1a half-hour service from Avonmouth to Bath, hourly to Severn Beach;
- Deliver MetroWest Phase 1b Portishead line with an initial hourly service with planning for half-hourly or 45 minute frequency, including new stations at Portishead and Pill;
- Deliver MetroWest Phase 2 Henbury line (including new stations at Henbury, North Filton and Ashley Down), with an initial hourly service but planning for half-hourly service on full loop line, and also half-hourly service to Yate;
- Extend existing WECA proposals for stations at Horfield, St Anne’s, Saltford, Ashton Gate and Charfield by reopening stations at Coalpit Heath, Chittening (Severnside), Uphill/Locking, Corsham and Long Ashton;
- Explore extension of Tytherington line to Thornbury.
Invest in infrastructure to unlock capacity
- Remodel Bristol East and Westerleigh Junctions;
- Rebuild Pilning station to allow Severnside commuting;
- Create rail-bus interchanges by real-time bus information and signage at stations, including at Bristol Temple Meads, Filton Abbey Wood (for Southmead Hospital) and Nailsea & Backwell (for Bristol Airport);
- Selective double-tracking of Severn Beach Line;
- Longer trains with more seats and room for cycles;
- Multi-modal smart ticketing, with guards on all trains;
- Electrification and reduced emission or light rail trains;
- The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) to gain rail powers and operational oversight.