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.

Section 56 Planning Act 2008, notice of accepted application

The Planning Inspectorate (on behalf of the Secretary of State for Transport) has accepted the Development Consent Order (DCO) Application made by North Somerset District Council . The Application was made on 15th November 2019 and accepted for examination on 12th December 2019.

A hard copy of the full suite of Application documents, including plans, maps and other documents may be inspected free of charge from 14th January 2020 until at least 26th February 2020 at Portishead Library, Pill Resource Centre, and Bristol Central Library.

The Application documents are also available to view online here, or through the Planning Inspectorate’s website.

Paper copies can be provided on request from the Applicant by writing to “MetroWest Team, North Somerset Council, Town Hall, Walliscote Grove Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1UJ”  for a charge of £500 plus VAT for the full suite of documents. USB device copies can be provided free of charge and are available on request from the Applicant, by emailing or calling 0117 4286210.

Any responses to, or other representations in respect of, the Project must be made on a Registered and Relevant Representation Form which can be completed online here. Alternatively, if you would prefer to fill in a hard copy paper form you can contact the Planning Inspectorate to request one by telephoning 0303 444 5000.

The Planning Inspectorate’s Advice Notice 8.2: How to register to participate in an Examination provides further guidance on how to register and make a relevant representation and can be accessed via this link.

If your interests in land are not affected, or your organisation is not included in a list of prescribed bodies, but you still wish to remain informed of the examination process and entitled to make representations, you must fill in a Registration and Relevant Representation Form to register as an interested party. This is necessary even if you do not wish to make a substantive representation at this point.

Any representation or response must be received by the Planning Inspectorate by 11:59pm on 26th February 2020.

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)

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: