Councillors to discuss MetroWest project

PUBLISHED: 10:00 03 December 2018

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North Somerset Council is expected to agree to spend a sizable sum of money this week, as plans to reopen Portishead’s railway line continue to make steady progress.

The authority’s executive committee, which will meet at Weston Town Hall tomorrow (Tuesday) at 2.30pm, will discuss transferring an extra £1.4million from a contingency budget for phase one of the MetroWest project.

The cash would be used to finalise an application for a Development Consent Order (DCO), which is required as the project has been deemed ‘nationally significant’.

In addition to reopening the line from Portishead and Pill to Bristol, phase one of the MetroWest project is also focussing on creating a new line between Severn Beach and Bath.

North Somerset Council has identified the project as a priority, and executive papers say the six-stage process of obtaining a DCO is almost complete, with the application due to be submitted in April.

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