Tag: Bristol to Weston-super-Mare

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • Bus/rail interchanges – the campaign continues

    Bus/rail interchanges – the campaign continues

    Earlier in 2022 FoSBR held an event in Filton and Lawrence Hill as part of a campaign to draw attention to poor quality bus/rail interchanges. As a result of this we met with an officer from the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) in June. This was a useful meeting where we had the opportunity…

  • 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…

  • Cross-city trains

    Cross-city trains

    Since December 2021 Bristol has had a cross-city train service, with regular trains linking Severn Beach, Bristol Temple Meads and Weston-super-Mare. Graham Ellis recently joined friends from FoSBR  to learn how this was working. Bristol’s local railway services now link across the city – through services across Temple Meads station.  What an excellent idea – whilst…

  • Covid-19 impact on local rail usage

    Covid-19 impact on local rail usage

    The latest data from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) shows that passenger rail usage in 2020-21 (1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021) was significantly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Nationally, rail passenger journeys decreased 78% on the previous year.  Media coverage focused on the fact that this was the lowest level of…

  • Rails to Clevedon

    Rails to Clevedon

    Clevedon, 18km to the west of Bristol on the Bristol Channel coast, has a similar population to Portishead. Portishead should soon, finally, be reconnected to the national rail network. Gavin Smith of Transport for Greater Bristol makes the case that Clevedon should also have its rail connection restored: Link to Regional Hub Clevedon is at…

  • Bristol Rail Regeneration – Summer 2021

    Bristol Rail Regeneration – Summer 2021

    Most FoSBR members will know that the Bristol Rail Regeneration project gets into full swing this summer. During the eight week period from Saturday 10 July to Friday 3 September, Network Rail will replace Bristol East Junction with a new more flexible layout. This will pave the way for MetroWest suburban services, and make it…

  • Bedminster station access

    Bedminster station access

    FoSBR’s Carol Durrant and Tim Weekes met Cllr Lisa Stone at Bedminster station to discuss nearby development, station access and future rail developments.

  • How well does your local railway station work as a bus-rail interchange?

    How well does your local railway station work as a bus-rail interchange?

    FoSBR would like your help! Support our ‘Better Stations’ campaign by telling us how well your local railway station works as a bus-rail interchange.