Campaigners call for start to rail project

December 31 2012
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Local rail campaigners say they are eagerly awaiting an announcement in the new year which they hope will reveal plans by the Mayor to kickstart the Bristol Metro project.

Campaigners call for start to rail project

Local rail campaigners say they are eagerly awaiting an announcement in the new year which they hope will reveal plans by the Mayor to kickstart the Bristol Metro project. Campaigners at Ashley Hill

The £100m scheme would see stations reopened over a wide area and half-hourly services across the city. Included are more services for the Severn Beach line, Portishead line opened for passenger traffic and a brand new station next to the Avonmouth Park and Ride. 

The Metro plan was agreed in July between the Government, Bristol City Council and neighbouring authorities under the City Deal.

In Bishopston and Horfield, LibDem councillors have campaigned for the reopening of stations in Horfield and in Ashley Down, at the bottom of Station Road, and to ensure it will not harm the quality of life of people living near the stations.  For this to work, the present two tracks through Bishopston and Horfield would need to be doubled.

Local rail campaigner Chris Harris said: “Obviously, George Ferguson has an enormous amount on his plate, but the Metro will have huge benefits for Bristol and should be tackled early.  We all look forward to a public announcement early in the New Year.”