Author: Tim Weekes

  • 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.

  • Bus – rail integration: Montpelier to Chepstow

    Bus – rail integration: Montpelier to Chepstow

    Tim Weekes takes a trip from Montpelier to Chepstow by train and bus, to see how bus – rail integration can work.

  • Walks from local stations

    Walks from local stations

    Bristol is surrounded by interesting and beautiful places. The best way to see them is to walk from a local station.

  • FoSBR AGM 2023: Report

    FoSBR AGM 2023: Report

    Friends of Suburban Bristol Railways (FoSBR) held its Annual General Meeting at Alma Church Hall, near Clifton Down station, on 24th March 2023. This is a brief report. The formal minutes of the AGM will be made available shortly. Chair’s welcome Chair Rob Dixon welcomed members, speakers and visitors to the meeting. There were around…

  • Would you use a Boxing Day train service?

    Would you use a Boxing Day train service?

    Would you use the train if some services operated on Boxing Day? Many people return home after visiting friends and family on 27th December. Others travel to shops and for entertainment. Services can be very busy. Would it be better if trains also ran on Boxing Day? Network Rail often use the closure of the…

  • WESTlink Demand Responsive Transport services

    WESTlink Demand Responsive Transport services

    WESTlink is a new service which has replaced around forty scheduled rural bus services in the West of England. It is a demand responsive transport (DRT) service, which is booked by telephone, online, or using a smartphone app. The background to WESTlink is discussed in detail in this article on Roger French’s ‘Bus and Train…

  • Ashley Down station reopening work starts!

    Ashley Down station reopening work starts!

    Network Rail contractors BAM Nuttall started work on the site of the new Ashley Down train station at the end of February 2023. WECA hope that the new station will be completed in summer 2024. Valuable extra transport link West of England Mayor Dan Norris and Bristol City Council Cabinet Member for Transport Don Alexander…

  • Does Bristol need a gadgetbahn?

    Does Bristol need a gadgetbahn?

    A gadgetbahn is a public transport system based on alternative, unusual or untried technology. Gadgetbahns are usually promoted on the basis that they will be cheaper or better than traditional trains, trams or buses. The word gadgetbahn was coined in the early 2000’s. It combines the English word ‘gadget’ with the German word ‘bahn’, meaning…