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‘Major milestone’ for new railway station plan

PUBLISHED: 17:49 23 June 2015 | UPDATED: 17:50 23 June 2015

An impression of what Portishead's new station will look like.

An impression of what Portishead's new station will look like.

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A detailed design explaining how the new Portishead to Bristol train line will look once it opens in four years’ time, have been revealed.

A six-week public consultation period will allow people to comment on the proposed siting of a new railway station in Quays Avenue and the reopening of a station in Pill.

North Somerset Council says this represents a ‘major milestone’ for the long-planned development and hopes to submit a planning application next spring.

Several sites in Portishead were considered before the council settled on the Harbour Road and Quays Avenue junction, after the Office of Rail Regulation ruled it would not accept a level crossing at Quays Avenue. The council hopes reopening the line will provide another route into Bristol, as well as attract more investment into the town.

The proposal includes reopening the 5km disused route between Portishead and Pill, as well as upgrading the freight line between Portbury Docks and Parson Street.

North Somerset Council leader Nigel Ashton said: “The project is now at an advanced stage, with detailed designs being developed for inclusion in a planning application early next year.

“We are now asking for people’s views on a range of detailed proposals including station layouts, parking provision, highway changes and how we address environmental impacts. This is an opportunity for people to influence the designs that go into the planning application and to shape this hugely important project.”

The six-week consultation will allow people to submit comments online and attend any exhibitions in North Somerset and Bristol.

Somerset Hall in Portishead will hold exhibitions on July 6 and 8 from 2-7.30pm. The public display will then be at Pill’s community centre from 2-7.30pm on July 10.

Having heard the public’s views, the council will update its plans if necessary, before a second round of consultation takes place later this year before applying for planning permission next year.

Construction would begin in 2017, if planning permission is granted, and the line would reopen in 2019.

The scheme is part of a £100million fund to improve transport links in the South West.

Cllr Mark Bradshaw, Bristol’s assistant mayor, said: “This is an exciting project for Greater Bristol. It’ll make a huge difference for people wanting to use existing and new train services with benefits for rail freight too.”

Views can also be submitted until August 3 at www.travelwest.info/metrowest

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