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Setback for MetroWest programme as half-hourly services are launched

Rail

Rhodri Clark
02 November 2021

 

The West of England Combined Authority’s MetroWest rail programme will reach its first major milestone in December with the launch of half-hourly services on the Avonmouth branch. 

However, the main element of Phase 1 has been delayed, with transport secretary Grant Shapps failing to meet the 19 October deadline for a decision on the Development Consent Order (DCO) for reopening the Portishead branch.

The DCO would cover compulsory purchase of land and environmental consent to...

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