Category: Services

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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?

  • 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?

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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? 

  • Bus Branch Lines

    Bus Branch Lines

    Bus Branch Lines are bus routes which link with rail services. GWR is promoting this method of feeding passengers into the rail network.