Tag: Electrification

  • 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…

  • 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? 

  • A trip down the Westerleigh Branch

    A trip down the Westerleigh Branch

    On Saturday 11th September, UK Railtours ran a charter train to some freight lines of interest to FoSBR. Tina, Brendan, Carol & David of FoSBR went along for the ride, joining at Reading. Excursion route The tour “Only Freight Track and Horses” traversed Wiltshire, Bath, Bristol, Gloucestershire then back to London. It was planned to take in…

  • Electrification through Bath

    Electrification through Bath

    Electrification of the Great Western Main Line stopped short of Bath. Was this down to the Bath Preservation Trust, or Chris Grayling?

  • Decarbonisation


    Network Rail have published their Interim Programme Business Case for the Traction Decarbonisation Network Strategy (TDNS). The title may appear dull, but the implications are anything but: Although rail contributes less than 1% of the total UK annual greenhouse gas emissions it is in the unique position of currently being the only transport mode capable…

  • Overcrowded


    Train users in our area will have noticed that many services are currently being operated by trains that are older and have fewer cars than usual. Passengers at Keynsham and Oldfield Park have recently been refused permission to board trains because of they were overcrowded. Meanwhile on the Severn Beach Line the usual three-car trains…

  • Stapleton Road Footbridge

    Stapleton Road Footbridge

    The successful completion of the four-tracking of Filton Bank last December doubled the number of lines between Filton Abbey Wood and Bristol Temple Meads from 2 to 4. At Stapleton Road, footbridge improvements were needed to cross the new fast lines to reach platform 2 (southbound) from east of the station. In May this year…