Category: Capacity

  • 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? 

  • Celebrating the new Severn Beach Line timetable

    Celebrating the new Severn Beach Line timetable

    FoSBR celebrated the new timetable at Severn Beach on 12th December. On weekdays there are now two trains per hour to Avonmouth, cross-city services and hourly trains to Severn Beach.

  • Covid-19 impact on local rail usage

    Covid-19 impact on local rail usage

    The latest data from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) shows that passenger rail usage in 2020-21 (1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021) was significantly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Nationally, rail passenger journeys decreased 78% on the previous year.  Media coverage focused on the fact that this was the lowest level of…

  • Four tracks from Bristol Parkway to Yate?

    Four tracks from Bristol Parkway to Yate?

    Network Rail say four tracks are needed between Bristol Parkway and Westerleigh Junction, Yate, to allow for planned service improvements.

  • New stations between Bristol and Cardiff?

    New stations between Bristol and Cardiff?

    Six new train stations may open in South-East Wales One new station is planned on the English side. Is this a good balance?

  • Electrification through Bath

    Electrification through Bath

    Electrification of the Great Western Main Line stopped short of Bath. Was this down to the Bath Preservation Trust, or Chris Grayling?

  • WECA Strategic Rail Investment Plan

    WECA Strategic Rail Investment Plan

    WECA approved their 10 year delivery plan for Strategic Rail Investment at a meeting on 4th December 2020.

  • Ashley Down Station

    Ashley Down Station

    Bristol City Council would like to hear people’s views about the proposed access arrangements for Ashley Down train station. This station is due to be reopened as part of MetroWest Phase 2 in 2023. The new station is located on the site of the previous Ashley Hill Station. The station will be used by the…

  • Getting back on the train

    Getting back on the train

    It is difficult to overstate the impact that measures to control Covid-19 have had on rail, bus and coach travel. Government orders led passenger numbers to fall by over 90% on some services, and rail operators were quickly brought under emergency measures to prevent collapse. But shops, pubs and beaches have reopened. Can we get…

  • HS2

    HS2

    HS2 is controversial, and it’s not on our patch. The easy option would be for FoSBR to stay neutral. But HS2 matters to everyone, especially to those of us who see rail playing a more important role in future. Fast and slow don’t mix One of the biggest problems facing the modern railway is timetabling:…