Category: Global warming

  • Low carbon alternatives for Severn Beach Line

    Low carbon alternatives for Severn Beach Line

    What can be done to decarbonise the Severn Beach line quickly? FoSBR supporter Shabs Hussain looks at some low carbon alternatives.

  • Portishead Railway: Just do it!

    Portishead Railway: Just do it!

    Councillors, residents and campaigners came to a FoSBR event to push home the message: Portishead Railway – Just do it!

  • Net zero by 2030: Can local rail help?

    Net zero by 2030: Can local rail help?

    We need to act rapidly if we are to avoid the worst effects of the climate emergency. There can be no doubt that unless we change the way we do things, and change quickly, the consequences for life on Earth will be dire. The current UK government target is to achieve ‘net zero’ by 2050.…

  • £30 million to ‘improve’ A4174: A good investment?

    £30 million to ‘improve’ A4174: A good investment?

    South Gloucestershire Council plan to spend £30 to ‘improve’ a 7km stretch of the A4174. Is this a good investment?

  • TfGB submits plans to speed up zero carbon transition

    TfGB submits plans to speed up zero carbon transition

    Transport for Greater Bristol (TfGB), an alliance of transport, environmental and community groups, has written to Transport Minister Grant Shapps with comprehensive proposals to speed up the transition to zero carbon emissions in the West of England. Their proposals include a rapid transit plan for Bristol and Bath, parking and traffic management plans for Bristol,…

  • Decarbonisation


    Network Rail have published their Interim Programme Business Case for the Traction Decarbonisation Network Strategy (TDNS). The title may appear dull, but the implications are anything but: Although rail contributes less than 1% of the total UK annual greenhouse gas emissions it is in the unique position of currently being the only transport mode capable…

  • Greta Thunberg in Bristol

    Greta Thunberg in Bristol

    Greta Thunberg spoke at the Bristol Youth Strike for Climate gathering on 28th February 2020. Graham Ellis, FoSBR member and administrator of the Great Western Coffee Shop Forum, gives his impressions of the day: They came in tens, hundreds and thousands to what has been described as the largest protest ever in Bristol. And that’s…

  • Decarbonising rail in Bristol

    Decarbonising rail in Bristol

    In 2016 the electrification of the Great Western Mail Line (GWML) from Bath to Bristol and from Bristol Parkway to Bristol Temple Meads was deferred due to cost over-runs. But government policy calls for the decarbonising of rail. What does this mean for us in Bristol? In January the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) released…

  • ZeroWest Winter Conference

    ZeroWest Winter Conference

    FoSBR is a member of ZeroWest, an alliance of local organisations working towards a zero carbon West of England.  Transport is a key policy area that needs to be addressed to meet this goal. On 16th January Carol and Tina from FoSBR attended the ZeroWest Winter Conference and ran our stall. Climate emergency The keynote speech…

  • Clean Air Plan

    Clean Air Plan

    Hopefully many of you will have heard of the government directive to cities to come up with Clean Air plans.  Is there any implication for rail? Well, sadly, the government directives are focused entirely around introducing charging clean air zones (CAZ).  They have provided funding for the cities to pay for traffic modelling and some…