"Open Portishead Railway to walkers now"
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Portishead Railway Group has been campaigning for over 15 years to secure the reopening of Portishead railway link to Bristol. There have been many false dawns, the latest of which last year was crushed by the revelation of further delay which will not see commencement on the line until at earliest Spring 2020.
The scheme is also now part of the MetroWest project and the present advice to be found there is that "In order to re‐open the railway from Portishead to Pill, North Somerset District Council requires a Development Consent Order (DCO) under the Planning Act 2008" there is no indication that NS have started work on this.
Meanwhile, millions of pounds of tax and community charge payers money have been spent on the planning and more recently the clearance of the line which now presents a pleasant and historic route from Portishead to Pill for those that find their way onto it.
This pathway is maintained at public expense and therefore should be temporarily opened to the general public as a right of way, properly signposted until work properly starts on the line construction. As a footpath, it will provide a safe attractive link to Pill for both leisure and business purposes as well as raise awareness of the need to see this line opened as soon as possible.
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