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FOSBR campaigns for Bristol-area rail improvements, forming part of a wider integrated public transport network

We are campaigning for at least half-hourly services to all stations in the Bristol area, with future 15 or 20 minute frequency, together with new stations and infrastructure to ensure convenience and reliability.

Main Train Shed - Bristol Temple Meads station
Main Train Shed – Bristol Temple Meads station

MetroWest is the name given to a basic rail-based Metro by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) which consists of three local authorities:  Bristol City Council (BCC), South Gloucestershire County Council (SGCC), Bath & North East Somerset (B&NES).  The fourth West of England local authority, North Somerset Council (NS) are currently not part of WECA.

Reopening stations across the network:

  • Deliver MetroWest Phase 1A half-hour service from Avonmouth to Bath, hourly to Severn Beach;
  • Deliver Portishead line with an initial hourly service with planning for half-hourly or 45 minute frequency;
  • Full Henbury Loop (not just terminus at Henbury);
  • FOSBR welcomes existing WECA proposals for stations at Horfield, St Anne’s, Saltford, Ashton Gate & Charfield;
  • FOSBR proposes stations at Coalpit Heath, Chittening (Severnside), Uphill/Locking, Corsham, Long Ashton.

Investing 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 the 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.