Author: Tim Weekes

  • Bristol Rail Campaign Tee Shirts

    Bristol Rail Campaign Tee Shirts

    FoSBR Bristol Rail Campaign Tee Shirts are now available! Help spread the word about our work, and let people know that you support our campaign for better trains to more places more often! Beast Our tee shirts are hand printed on good quality Gildan Ultra Cotton by local tee shirt suppliers Beast. The design features…

  • WECA’s Rail Plans

    WECA’s Rail Plans

    There have been several reports in the press in recent weeks about WECA’s plans to improve rail services around Bristol and Bath. Rail magazine reported on plans to electrify trains between Bristol Parkway and Bristol Temple Meads, while Bristol Live ran stories about potential new stations and more frequent services. These reports follow WECA’s approval…

  • British Transport Police  to move to Temple Meads Old Station

    British Transport Police to move to Temple Meads Old Station

    Network Rail submitted plans in December 2023 to move the British Transport Police offices to a new location in the Lower Passenger Shed, in the Old Station at Bristol Temple Meads. This move will allow their existing location adjoining Platform 3/4 to be converted to retail uses. Police vehicles will access the new offices from…

  • Mass Transit for Bristol and Bath: Will we fail again?

    Mass Transit for Bristol and Bath: Will we fail again?

    Bristol Rail Campaign is concerned that the West of England’s aspiration for a mass transit system for Bristol and Bath is once again in danger of being thwarted by local politics. We have been here before. Will we fail again? A successful mass transit system must make extensive use of segregated routes if it is…

  • Portway Park & Ride Station: The first 100 days

    Portway Park & Ride Station: The first 100 days

    Portway Park & Ride Station opened with much fanfare 100 days ago on 1st August 2023. Leading local politicians, GWR officials and the Secretary of State for Transport attended. The event was widely reported on local media. Now that that the dust has settled, we review the new station to see what’s working and what…

  • Bristol buses

    Bristol buses

    Tim Weekes reflects on a month of bus travel around Bristol, Bath and the West of England using his Birthday Bus pass.

  • Tram-trains: A mass transit solution for Bristol and Bath

    Tram-trains: A mass transit solution for Bristol and Bath

    The West of England Mayoral Combined Authority is considering its options for Bristol’s Mass Transit system. Could tram-trains be the solution?

  • WECA A4 Bath to Bristol transport proposals

    WECA A4 Bath to Bristol transport proposals

    West of England Combined Authority (WECA) propose to make big changes to the A4 between Bath and Bristol. They have launched an online consultation which runs until 1st October. We urge you to read this and respond! The aim of these changes is to give better options for buses, bikes, walking and wheeling. We are…

  • Portway Park & Ride: Bus or Train?

    Portway Park & Ride: Bus or Train?

    Portway Park & Ride station is finally open. But after all the excitement of the opening ceremony, one question keeps cropping up: why do we need a train station when there is already a frequent bus service into Bristol? Which is best – bus or train?

  • Ticket Office Closures: We say ‘No!’

    Ticket Office Closures: We say ‘No!’

    FoSBR objects strongly to DfT plans to close all ticket offices in England. We think these proposals are poorly timed, have unrealistic timescales, discriminate against disabled people, and fail to guarantee service levels.