A nationally significant scheme to re-open the Portishead to Bristol railway line is to be submitted to the Government for formal approval.
On Tuesday 25 June, North Somerset Full Council agreed to submit a Development Consent Order (DCO) application to the Planning Inspectorate for the £116m MetroWest Phase 1 scheme. The DCO application seeks powers to build and operate the disused section of railway from Portishead to Pill, gain environmental consent to undertake works to the existing freight railway through the Avon Gorge and obtain powers for the compulsory acquisition of land.
Lib Dem spokesperson for the Portishead Railway, Cllr Huw James said “I am delighted with North Somerset Council’s decision to move forward the reopening of the Portishead Line. This project will ease congestion, opening new opportunities and a brighter greener future for Portishead, Pill, and the Gordano Valley!
Let’s get on with it, get Portishead Back on Track, and encourage further green investment projects in North Somerset.”
Liberal Democrat West of England spokesperson, Stephen Williams, added: “Reopening the rail line from Portishead to Bristol should be a top priority for the West of England. Long overdue.”
[Caption: Cllr James sitting on the disused railway sleepers on the site of the proposed new Portishead Station]
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