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On Wednesday 17 July 2019, Vince Cable joined the calls for the Strawberry Line to be extended from Yatton to Clevedon and from Cheddar to Shepton Mallet.
David Parkin and Richard Jones of the Strawberry Line Association guided Sir Vince through the cycle path, highlighting the progress made on the track to date. Councillors from Somerset, North Somerset, Sedgemoor, and Mendip Council presented a united front alongside cycle campaigners from across the county. Campaigners set off from Yatton and Shepton Mallet, meeting in Cheddar and Axebridge later in the day.
A cycle friendly extension of the Strawberry Line will aid commuters and encourage people to make healthy lifestyle changes. Cyclists currently use the extremely challenging B3133 and Kenn Moor Road routes when travelling to Yatton, these roads are not user friendly and deter potential cyclists.
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]
The Liberal Democrats have beaten the Tories and Labour in the European Elections in Weston super Mare and North Somerset, taking almost 15,000 votes in comparison to the Tories 5,000 and Labour’s 3,000.
North Somerset Lib Dems are proud that so far 11134 residents (11%) of North Somerset constituency have signed this petition calling for the Government and Parliament to Revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU.
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