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Consultation starts on Portishead line reopening

Formal public consultation into the re-opening of the Portishead branch began on June 22, ahead of planning permission being sought (through the Development Control Order process) in spring 2016. 

The consultation runs until August 3, after which any changes to the proposed designs will be the subject of a second round of consultation towards the end of this year. 

The scheme is regarded as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project under the Planning Act 2008.

As part of the MetroWest Phase 1 scheme, the Portishead line project involves re-opening 5km (just over three miles) of disused railway between Portishead and Pill, and upgrading the Portbury freight line between Parson Street Junction and Portbury Dock Junction. 

  • ​For more on this story, read RAIL 778, published on July 8.
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  • Mr C.J.Bird - 27/07/2015 18:34

    Judging by the reported traffic congestion in the area this re-opening is good news. Locals would like it asap. Shows how a totally different attitude to rail travel is evident theses days.

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