Category: Services

  • Would you use a Boxing Day train service?

    Would you use a Boxing Day train service?

    Would you use the train if some services operated on Boxing Day? Many people return home after visiting friends and family on 27th December. Others travel to shops and for entertainment. Services can be very busy. Would it be better if trains also ran on Boxing Day? Network Rail often use the closure of the…

  • 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 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.

  • Remembering Julie Boston: 2

    Remembering Julie Boston: 2

    On Friday 9th December Bristol Amblers invited FoSBR members on a walk to celebrate Julie Boston who passed away in October.  Julie was an enthusiastic ambler, and a founder member of FoSBR. The trip was scheduled to combine a train ride to Severn Beach, with a walk around Severn Beach.  These elements happened, but with…

  • 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…

  • Air and noise pollution at Severn Beach

    Air and noise pollution at Severn Beach

    Residents of Severn Beach have recently written to the Minister of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, asking for support in removing intolerable levels of noise and air pollution at Severn Beach station. Mr & Mrs Calvert, who live close to the station, acknowledge that the approx. 2,500 residents of Severn Beach value and rely on…

  • Funding agreed for Portishead Railway

    Funding agreed for Portishead Railway

    On Friday 29th July the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) voted to allocate an additional £10m funding for MetroWest Phase 1 (Portishead Line). This money, from the Investment and Transforming Cities Fund, will bridge the latest funding gap and allow the project to proceed. Escalating costs Projected capital costs for the re-opening of the…

  • Brabazon development

    Brabazon development

    YTL, developers of the new Arena in North Filton, have big plans for the Brabazon development. A new train station will play a critical role.

  • SevernNet Transport Charter

    SevernNet Transport Charter

    SevernNet is a not-for-profit enterprise that represents businesses and the community across the Royal Portbury Dock, Avonmouth, Severnside and Western Approach area (PAS). The PAS area is covered by 3 local authorities, Bristol City Council, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.  The local authorities acknowledge that the area is significant in terms of employment and regeneration…