Tag: Bristol to London

  • 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…

  • 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 Parkway Masterplan

    Bristol Parkway Masterplan

    South Gloucestershire Council and partners are preparing a masterplan to transform Bristol Parkway from a park and ride into a modern transport hub.

  • Plans to cut Bristol to Waterloo service

    Plans to cut Bristol to Waterloo service

    The Department for Transport plans to cut the through train service from Bristol, Keynsham, Bath, Bradford-on-Avon and Trowbridge to London (Waterloo) via Salisbury on 12th December 2021. Local rail user groups are coming together in the hope of reversing this. Well-used South Western Railway have been running up to five trains a day on their…

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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?

  • 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…

  • December 2019 Timetable – Now Available

    December 2019 Timetable – Now Available

    The December 2019 GWR Timetable is now available. Almost all GWR services are affected by this change. Some trains no longer stop at all the places you might expect them to. New ‘SuperFast’ services to London, for example, may not call at Chippenham and will not stop at Swindon or Reading – so you need…