Tag: Bristol to Cardiff

  • 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…

  • Bristol Rail Regeneration – Summer 2021

    Bristol Rail Regeneration – Summer 2021

    Most FoSBR members will know that the Bristol Rail Regeneration project gets into full swing this summer. During the eight week period from Saturday 10 July to Friday 3 September, Network Rail will replace Bristol East Junction with a new more flexible layout. This will pave the way for MetroWest suburban services, and make it…

  • May 2021 Elections – Bristol and WECA

    May 2021 Elections – Bristol and WECA

    The May 2021 elections have changed the political landscape of the Greater Bristol area. What does this mean for sustainable transport?

  • 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?

  • Station Usage Figures 2019-2020

    Station Usage Figures 2019-2020

    FoSBR look at the ORR Station usage figures for 2019-2020 to see how passenger numbers have changed in our area.

  • 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.

  • Gipsy Patch Lane railway bridge replacement

    Gipsy Patch Lane railway bridge replacement

    Gipsy Patch Lane railway bridge is being replaced to accommodate MetroBus services between Bristol Parkway The Mall, Cribbs Causeway.

  • 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…

  • Cardiff Metro

    Cardiff Metro

    Cardiff is lucky. Much of its local railway network consists of the Valley Lines, which survived Beeching and continued into the 1980s because they served coal mines. Cardiff also benefits from a system of governance that has made it easier to unlock the funding and commitment needed to transform these old lines into an electrified…

  • Fewer trains from Lawrence Hill and Stapleton Road to Bristol Parkway – UPDATE

    Fewer trains from Lawrence Hill and Stapleton Road to Bristol Parkway – UPDATE

    From 15th December 2019 the GWR timetable has changed. The frequency and journey times of the GWR Bristol to London services has improved, but changes to the stopping pattern of local trains between Bristol Temple Meads, Lawrence Hill, Stapleton Road, Filton Abbey Wood and Bristol Parkway are less welcome. Fewer trains now terminate at Bristol…