FOSBR Newsletter 91: Spring 2016 - Our newsletter editor Tony has turned roving reporter to investigate potential station sites
FOSBR welcome new Bristol mayor Marvin Rees! We are pleased that Marvin has already signed our mayoral pledge and we look forward to working with him - May 2016
In support of Bristol Walk Fest (May 2016) we have produced a leaflet "Walks to five Bristol libraries along byways, streams and woodlands" here with route maps & public transport connections
Full Fest programme is here
Re-signalling works on Filton Bank on May & August Bank Holidays 2016 - see GWR website here FFI
Also Electrification engineering will cause diversions around Severn Tunnel in September/October 2016 - see here FFI
At end-January, we submitted feedback to the WEP transport study including feedback from our transport survey. Final results can be found *here* (800 participants) - April 2016
See key themes across Bristol *here*
FOSBR & friends visited new Newcourt station for inspiration - 14th November 2015
WEP Scrutiny on 8th September backed Henbury Loop above Spur but but WEP JTB on 16th September 2015 went for Spur decision with Loop 'Protection'
Mayor "considers the decision" to sell Bristol Port freehold BCC Cabinet Meeting - Tues 16th June
Update: Mayor considered the decision, confirmed his intention to sell with immediate effect & then sacked Assistant Mayor who disagreed. See 'Press Articles'
Pilning further developments: Network Rail consultation on footbridge removal ran from April to May - 15th June 2016
Campaigners' concerns at rumours of station closure - 8th June 2016
Interview with Julie Boston, FOSBR co-founder - 20th May 2016
Visit to Vivarail test facility to ride new Class 230 train - 16th May 2016
Leaflet from Network Rail with further details of diversions and bus replacement services due to engineering works in the Severn Tunnel - Monday 12th September to Friday 21st October 2016
Kerry McCarthy MP held a public meeting on 12th March 2016 to gauge support for St Anne's station which referenced the 2012 UWE student Feasibility Study [Note: NR subsequently commented that a local station on mainline would need east & westbound platforms rather than cross-over loop]
Severnside Community Rail Partnership have released their 2016 progress report which contains results of the November 2015 passenger count.
Meeting notes from FOSBR AGM with many thanks to our excellent speaker Chris Austin OBE, co-author of "Disconnected: Broken Links in Britain’s Rail Policy”
FOSBR Round-up 2015 *here*