Editor's comment: Keep up the fight for local railways
THE assurances given to MP Liam Fox about the Bristol to Portishead railway line are a further step towards its re-opening. And as they have come from the transport minister Simon Burns they surely must carry some weight.
It seems finally the years of campaigning will bear fruit and trains will again run to and from Portishead by 2017.
And whilst everyone should welcome this development it really is staggering that it has taken so long to get to this point.
The need for this link has after all been blindingly obvious for years.
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But it is only a part of a much bigger jigsaw, that of the Bristol Metro.
The Portishead line is just one of a series of rail links that will help to create this network.
In a sense what we need to do is to join up the dots of local railways in Bristol. For much of the framework is there.
MP Charlotte Leslie rightly recognises this in her campaign to get the Henbury loop opened.
But at least at long last the value of railways over roads is being appreciated. However we cannot take anything for granted.
We need to keep making our voices heard until Bristol has the flourishing local railway network it deserves.