Category: News

  • WESTlink Demand Responsive Transport services

    WESTlink Demand Responsive Transport services

    WESTlink is a new service which has replaced around forty scheduled rural bus services in the West of England. It is a demand responsive transport (DRT) service, which is booked by telephone, online, or using a smartphone app. The background to WESTlink is discussed in detail in this article on Roger French’s ‘Bus and Train…

  • 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? 

  • Ashley Down station reopening work starts!

    Ashley Down station reopening work starts!

    Network Rail contractors BAM Nuttall started work on the site of the new Ashley Down train station at the end of February 2023. WECA hope that the new station will be completed in summer 2024. Valuable extra transport link West of England Mayor Dan Norris and Bristol City Council Cabinet Member for Transport Don Alexander…

  • FoSBR AGM 2023

    FoSBR AGM 2023

    Friends of Suburban Bristol Railways (FoSBR) will be holding our Annual General Meeting on Friday, 24th March 2023. This year we will be holding the AGM ‘in person’ for the first time since 2020. The venue for this year’s AGM is the Alma Church Hall, 29 Alma Road, BS8 2ES, near Clifton Down station. The…

  • Bus Branch Lines

    Bus Branch Lines

    Bus Branch Lines are bus routes which link with rail services. GWR is promoting this method of feeding passengers into the rail network.

  • Bristol Temple Quarter consultation

    Bristol Temple Quarter consultation

    In early January 2023 a development framework was released for consultation by the Bristol Temple Quarter partnership. FoSBR joined a walking tour to understand how the new neighbourhoods will link to Temple Meads.

  • Remembering Julie Boston: 1

    Remembering Julie Boston: 1

    Graham Ellis has for many years been at the forefront of the campaign for better train and bus services through Melksham. Here he explains how Julie Boston helped motivate the Wiltshire campaign. On the day of Julie’s funeral, I travelled from home in Melksham to Canford Crematorium in Bristol, connecting to the Severn Beach line…

  • 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…

  • 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…