Schoolboy’s rail campaign video

A PORTISHEAD schoolboy is helping to keep the town’s railway campaign on track by making a video.

Seven-year-old James Northcombe has had a love of trains from an early age and says he would love nothing better than to see trains pulling into a station in Portishead.

His interest in the campaign to reopen the Portishead to Bristol line led him to make a six-minute film about the Portishead railway, in which he traces its origins and explains why Portishead needs a rail link once again. James and his family members also trace the missing section of line and uncover hidden tracks from the original railway line.

Produced by James’ mum, Jane Batt, for her parenting website practicallyperfectmums, the film received more than 260 views in its first week. The film can be accessed at

Jane said: “We’ve received dozens of amazing comments from members of the public since the video went live and the Portishead Railway Group has said they think it will help the cause - this has pleased James enormously.”

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