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Cost jump forces Bristol area councils to review rail plans

RAIL

Andrew Forster
31 March 2017
Phase one of MetroWest involves improvements to the Severn Beach and Bristol-Bath lines, and re-opening the line to Portishead
Phase one of MetroWest involves improvements to the Severn Beach and Bristol-Bath lines, and re-opening the line to Portishead

 

Local authorities in the Bristol area are having to rethink plans to improve local rail services after Network Rail’s cost estimate for phase one of the MetroWest project jumped from £58m to £145m–£175m (both outturn costs, 2019 prices).

MetroWest phase one would see the Portishead branch in North Somerset re-opened, served by trains from Bristol, and higher frequencies on the Severn Beach and Bristol to Bath lines. It is being promoted by the four West of England...

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