MetroWest Phase 1

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.


Further section 42 consultation from 2 May 2018 to 4 June 2018

Following our review of title and Land Registry information, we have 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. Affected parties have been contacted directly with details of how to respond. The documentation listed in the correspondence can be viewed 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)

We are in the process of uploading the Preliminary Environmental Information Report (PEIR) to this website. The PEIR can be viewed by clicking the link below:
Please check back if the document you wish to view is not currently available.

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Please note that some of the information in these historic documents has now been superceded and may be out of date.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: