Author: Tony Lloyd

  • Celebrating the new Severn Beach Line timetable

    Celebrating the new Severn Beach Line timetable

    FoSBR celebrated the new timetable at Severn Beach on 12th December. On weekdays there are now two trains per hour to Avonmouth, cross-city services and hourly trains to Severn Beach.

  • Improving Regional Rail

    Improving Regional Rail

    The National Rail Recovery Conference 2021 looked how improving regional rail can help the country recover from COVID-19.

  • Bedminster Station

    Bedminster Station

    Bedminster Station could be a very useful transport hub. New development will create a large number of homes within walking distance, but access needs to be improved.

  • Historic Railway Structures at Risk

    Historic Railway Structures at Risk

    Highways England plan to infill or demolish historic railway bridges and tunnels without properly assessing if these structures could be re-used.

  • How the Severn Beach Line was saved

    How the Severn Beach Line was saved

    For decades campaigners have fought off threats to the Severn Beach Line’s survival, and argued that it should be developed as an important part of the regional transport network. 25th September 2020 marks the 25th anniversary of FoSBR, who have played their part in safeguarding the Severn Beach Line as a vital local link.  …

  • Westerleigh Junction

    Westerleigh Junction

    Named after the nearby village, Westerleigh Junction is where the Cross Country Route from York to Bristol Temple Meads meets the South Wales Main Line from London Paddington to Swansea. The line running north to south through Yate was part of the old Bristol & Gloucester railway which once continued through Mangotsfield, Staple Hill, and…

  • Intercity train sets new record

    Intercity train sets new record

    On 24th September, Great Western Railway (GWR) laid on a special, non-stop train from Temple Meads to Paddington – to celebrate the release of the new GWR timetable which takes effect from 15th December.  The train left Temple Meads at 18.49, arriving at Paddington at 20.01- setting a new record journey time of 72 minutes. …

  • Clifton Rocks Railway – a new beginning!

    Clifton Rocks Railway – a new beginning!

    In April of this year, it was announced that the Clifton Rocks Railway had been bought by Ian Johnson, the businessman who also owns the nearby Clifton Observatory. Mr Johnson’s plans are to open a museum at the upper station seven days a week and gradually restore the historic railway to its original Victorian glory.…

  • Henbury station location

    Henbury station location

    In September 2015 the WECA  Joint Transport Board confirmed the decision to progress with the Henbury Spur as part of MetroWest Phase 2 – but with the recommendation that the Henbury station be designed to permit conversion for a loop service if so required at a future date. Two options In November 2015, two options…