Author: Carol Durrant

  • FoSBR AGM 2024

    FoSBR AGM 2024

    FoSBR Bristol Rail Campaign will be holding our Annual General Meeting on Friday, 8th March 2024. The venue for this year’s AGM is: Redland Quaker Meeting House, 126 Hampton Road, Bristol, BS6 6JE. The AGM will start at 7.15pm and end at 9.15pm. The hall will be open from 7.00pm.  We will be discussing why we now campaign as…

  • GWR planning to restore direct Bristol to Oxford services

    GWR planning to restore direct Bristol to Oxford services

    Great Western Railway (GWR) is planning to run direct services between Bristol Temple Meads and Oxford for the first time in more than 20 years. In response to growth in demand for leisure travel by train, GWR wants to run two return Saturday services between the cities from September. The trial would run until December. A…

  • Transport for Wales consultation on new stations and better cross border services

    Transport for Wales consultation on new stations and better cross border services

    Transport for Wales (TfW) are running a consultation on their proposals for five new railway stations between Cardiff Central and Severn Tunnel Junction, and new cross border rail services to alleviate vehicle congestion on the M4 Motorway. New stations The scheme aims to improve connectivity between suburban communities and key regional destinations in SE Wales…

  • Shirehampton war horse sculpture unveiled

    Shirehampton war horse sculpture unveiled

    A new sculpture was unveiled on Saturday 16th September in the Daisy Field opposite Shirehampton Station.  The War Horse is made entirely of horseshoes. The sculpture is a memorial to the many horses that transferred through Shirehampton Remount depot on their way to the front during World War One. The statue was crafted by Jason…

  • Cam & Dursley station – still an hourly service

    Cam & Dursley station – still an hourly service

    Cam & Dursley station missed out on a service upgrade as part of the new (from May 2023) half-hourly Gloucester-Bristol Temple Meads service. The service remains hourly as every other train runs through stopping only at Yate, Bristol Parkway and Filton Abbey Wood. Passengers and community leaders around Cam & Dursley station are disappointed they…

  • Portway Park & Ride Station opens

    Portway Park & Ride Station opens

    Portway Park & Ride Station opened to the public on Tuesday 1st August 2023.  A few FoSBR members caught the first train to stop there.

  • How could Severn Beach Line capacity be improved?

    How could Severn Beach Line capacity be improved?

    FoSBR support a higher frequency passenger service on the Severn Beach Line. How could capacity be improved? 

  • Bristol Temple Quarter consultation

    Bristol Temple Quarter consultation

    In early January 2023 a development framework was released for consultation by the Bristol Temple Quarter partnership. FoSBR joined a walking tour to understand how the new neighbourhoods will link to Temple Meads.

  • Remembering Julie Boston: 2

    Remembering Julie Boston: 2

    On Friday 9th December Bristol Amblers invited FoSBR members on a walk to celebrate Julie Boston who passed away in October.  Julie was an enthusiastic ambler, and a founder member of FoSBR. The trip was scheduled to combine a train ride to Severn Beach, with a walk around Severn Beach.  These elements happened, but with…

  • Rail usage figures for 2022

    Rail usage figures for 2022

    The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) have released rail usage figures to 31st March 2022. With the easing of pandemic restrictions, a total of 990 million passenger journeys were made between April 2021 and March 2022. This is more than double the 388 million journeys made in the previous year (April 2020 to March…