Rail link between Portishead and Bristol Harbourside
I suggest a reopening of the rail link between Portishead and the Bristol Harbourside area, partially utilising the already existing route of the Bristol Harbour Railway and building the new terminus at Wapping Wharf behind the M-Shed museum. Currently this area is slated to be used for luxury apartments and I believe planning permission should be placed on hold until this proposal is considered. The rail link could also be used to provide a local link between Temple Meads and the centre, via Bedminster.
Why the contribution is important
Portishead is currently the second largest town in the UK by population with no rail link. Thousands of people have to make the daily commute to and from Bristol each week principally along the A4 through the Avon gorge and this heavily used route is likely to become even more congested as population increases affect the Greater Bristol Area. By 2016 the Bristol City Councils own studies estimate further 20 000 cars on the cities roads which will only exacerbate the problem. Such a link would add significantly to the revitalisation of the harbourside area and provide a useful point of access to Bristol City Centre which is only a few minutes walk away.
by user473479 on December 28, 2013 at 06:49PM