Minister urged to back station for Portishead
A CAMPAIGN group is calling for government cash to be made available to re-open to Portishead to Bristol rail link.
The Campaign for Better Transport is calling on Transport Secretary Justine Greening to back a programme of rail line and station re-openings as part of the Government's forthcoming rail investment plans in a new report launched today.
The report, Reopening Railways, says that Portishead will be the largest town in the country without a rail link when its current housebuilding programme is complete, pushing its population up from 22,000 to around 30,000.
The Campaign for Better Transport has written to Mrs Greening to urge her to include funding for re-openings when the Government's rail investment plans up to 2019 are published later this month.
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The organisation's chief executive, Stephen Joseph, said: "We believe that providing new or reinstated rail links and stations is the most cost effective way of reducing carbon, improving quality of life for local people and helping the economy.
"That's why we are calling on the Government to create a 'connecting communities' fund which would complement the Government's intention to devolve responsibilities for local rail services to individual council."
Work to re-open the railway would include re-laying the three miles of redundant track between Portishead and Portbury, on a route which has already been purchased by North Somerset Council, building a new station and a new road bridge.