The MetroWest Phase 1 project is proposing to re-open the Portishead rail line and enhance local passenger train services on the Severn Beach and Bath to Bristol lines. The plans include a new rail station at Portishead and the reopening of the former station at Pill.
DCO application submitted
On 15 November 2019, the Development Consent Order application to construct the Portishead Branch Line was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate. Due to the size of the application, the documents will not be stored on this site but will instead be available to view on PINS website
Further section 42 consultation from 30 August to 1 October 2019 is now closed
In August 2019, following our review of title and Land Registry information, we further identified those with an interest in some of the land required for, or affected by, the proposals to re-open the Portishead branch line. We contacted affected parties directly with details of how to respond. The consultation is now closed. Thanks to those that took part. For reference, the documentation listed in the correspondence can be viewed by clicking the link below:
Report on the Stage 2 Consultation on re-opening the Portishead branch line as part of MetroWest Phase 1
A report on the Stage 2 Consultation is now available by clicking the link below:
Large Local Major Schemes: Bid for construction funding – December 2017
In December 2017, the West of England LEP and the promoting authorities (Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol City, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and the West of England Combined Authority) submitted a funding bid for MetroWest Phase 1 to the Department for Transport’s Large Local Major Schemes programme.
More information, and all documents submitted, can be viewed by clicking the link below:
Stage 2 Consultation on re-opening the Portishead branch line as part of MetroWest Phase 1
Our Stage 2 Consultation was held from 23 October to 4 December 2017. The consultation has now closed.
Thank you to everyone who took part. We will consider all the responses we received and will publish a report in early 2018.
More information about the consultation can be viewed by clicking the link below:
All our documents from the consultation can be viewed by clicking the link below:
Preliminary Environmental Information Report (PEIR)
MetroWest document archive
Historic documents about the MetroWest Phase 1 project – including the business case, consultation reports and environmental information – can be viewed by clicking the link below:
Please note that some of the information in these historic documents has now been superceded and may be out of date.
Planning Inspectorate website
The Planning Inspectorate’s website also holds information on all individual DCO applications, including the re-opening of the Portishead branch line. Please click the link below to be taken to their website: