Portishead Branch Line – MetroWest Phase 1

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Portishead Branch Line - MetroWest Phase 1

Received 20 February 2020
From Huw James


This project will bring in the green inclusive growth North Somerset needs, and make a commute via public transport to Bristol and beyond feasible for Portishead residents. With a 20 minute journey to Bristol connecting to a 70 minute journey to London, this scheme makes intercity travel much easier from Portishead. The railway is vital for cutting congestion, given that our town is cut off completely whenever the roads out of it face problems. I hope and believe that this project will be very successful and will support a future business case to provide an increased frequency service. An area under examined by the business case is the potential for increased tourism within Portishead upon the construction of the railway. The port marine development already draws in day trip tourists to our Rivera scene, to examine the port of Bristol from the comfort of coffee shops. This railway will unlock the potential for more frequent visitors and will be a catalyst for future placemaking in Portishead. As a Portishead district councillor I heavily endorse this project.