Category: Campaigns

  • FoSBR AGM 2023: Report

    FoSBR AGM 2023: Report

    Friends of Suburban Bristol Railways (FoSBR) held its Annual General Meeting at Alma Church Hall, near Clifton Down station, on 24th March 2023. This is a brief report. The formal minutes of the AGM will be made available shortly. Chair’s welcome Chair Rob Dixon welcomed members, speakers and visitors to the meeting. There were around…

  • How could Severn Beach Line capacity be improved?

    How could Severn Beach Line capacity be improved?

    FoSBR support a higher frequency passenger service on the Severn Beach Line. How could capacity be improved? 

  • Bus/rail interchanges – the campaign continues

    Bus/rail interchanges – the campaign continues

    Earlier in 2022 FoSBR held an event in Filton and Lawrence Hill as part of a campaign to draw attention to poor quality bus/rail interchanges. As a result of this we met with an officer from the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) in June. This was a useful meeting where we had the opportunity…

  • Rail usage figures for 2022

    Rail usage figures for 2022

    The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) have released rail usage figures to 31st March 2022. With the easing of pandemic restrictions, a total of 990 million passenger journeys were made between April 2021 and March 2022. This is more than double the 388 million journeys made in the previous year (April 2020 to March…

  • Portishead DCO Granted

    Portishead DCO Granted

    On the 14th November 2022, the Secretary of State for Transport granted development consent to North Somerset Council’s application to restore passenger rail services to Portishead and Pill. As the explanatory note to the full Development Consent Order (DCO) explains: This Order authorises North Somerset District Council to construct a new railway on the formation…

  • Julie Boston 1934-2022

    Julie Boston 1934-2022

    FoSBR are saddened to hear of the death of founder member Julie Boston. Julie died on 28th October 2022, at the age of 88, after a short illness. FoSBR was formed in 1995 as Friends of the Severn Beach Railway to protest against the potential demise of the Severn Beach line. Services on this single-track branch line in…

  • MetroWest: slow progress

    MetroWest: slow progress

    In FoSBR’s Autumn 2022 newsletter , FoSBR member John Walker wrote a “Tale of two metros” comparing the Devon Metro with the Bristol area’s MetroWest project.  He made the point that the Devon Metro has raced ahead, whilst MetroWest plods forward making slow progress.  MetroWest continues to plod, and since September there have been updates…

  • FoSBR event to show support for Portishead rail re-opening

    FoSBR event to show support for Portishead rail re-opening

    Friends of Suburban Bristol Railways (FoSBR) are planning an event on Saturday June 18th at 11.15am to show support for Portishead rail re-opening. We’ll meet in Pill, on the green space between Underbanks and Watch House Road. Please come along and show your support. FoSBR are very concerned about the latest twists and turns in the…

  • Interchange between buses and trains

    Interchange between buses and trains

    FoSBR staged an event on Saturday April 2nd to draw attention to the poor nature of interchange between buses and trains, and looked at what should be done to improve this. Campaigners came armed with maps, signs, information about routes and a homemade “display screen” of bus and train timetables for the bus stops and…

  • Lockleaze – development and transport

    Lockleaze – development and transport

    On Wednesday 16th March Bristol Civic Society arranged a study tour with the Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust to look at the significant new housing development taking place in Lockleaze. FoSBR joined to be better informed of the impact on transport. We met at The Hub, where Suzanne (CEO) and Maria (Community Activator) gave us a talk…