Portishead re-opening delayed

The re-opening of the railway to Portishead could be set back by as much as a year, to early 2020.

It has been reported locally that problems with construction and signalling have caused the delay from early 2019 (RAIL 770), although the application for a Development Consent Order has yet to be submitted and funding has yet to be fully assured.

The project forms part of MetroWest Phase 1. The issues were due to be discussed at a meeting of the West of England Partnership Joint Transport Board on January 29, after this issue of RAIL closed for press.

A petition with some 6,000 signatures was delivered to Bristol City Council on January 19, supporting the opening of a new station at Ashton Gate. This would be served by trains to/from Portishead.

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