MetroWest

Proposed MetroWest System map

MetroWest is a project to improve rail services in and around Bristol. It includes opening new lines for passenger service, and several new stations.

The project is supported by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA), which incorporates Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Bath and North-East Somerset.

Timeline

August 2023

Portway Park & Ride Station, the first new station of the MetroWest programme, opens.

May 2023

Half-hourly services from Bristol Temple Meads to Gloucester and Westbury commence.

November 2021

Half-hourly services commence on Severn Beach Line.

June 2020

Scope of MetroWest extended to include Gloucester and Westbury.

December 2019

Planning Inspectorate formally accepts Development Consent Order (DCO) application for MetroWest Phase 1 .

June 2019

WECA approves the MetroWest Phase 2 Outline Business Case and awards £3.5 million to develop the full business case for a half-hourly service to Yate (via Westerleigh Junction) and an hourly service for a reopened Henbury line

This is a £54.2 million project with £36.5 million sought through the devolved 10-year allocation of major schemes funding which was awarded through the City Deal. A total of £11.1 million is also being requested from the Investment Fund. This is WECA’s main £30 million-a-year funding for 30 years, of which £3.5 million will develop the full business case. Some tweaks will be required to the final scheme to increase the benefit-to-cost ratio to the required threshold.

This part of MetroWest alone is forecast to create almost 350,000 new train journeys in 2021 and bring an additional 50,000 people within the immediate catchment of the rail network.

March 2019

Portway Park & Ride Station gains planning permission.

2017

MetroWest is split into phases:

  • Phase 1 – Portishead Line, and Severn Beach to Bath Spa
  • Phase 2 – Henbury Line, and half-hourly services from Weston super Mare to Yate

£2.23 million is allocated for building of a new station at Portway Park and Ride.

2016

North Somerset Council buys land for Pill and Portishead stations

2015

The Scheme is rebranded as MetroWest. Options for various routes are considered, along with electrification and tram-train technology. A report by Arup estimates cost of an electrified network at £175 million.

2012

A report by Halcrow Group outlines a £22 million scheme to reopen local lines.

2008

Greater Bristol Metro project is proposed at First Great Western’s stakeholder event.