Promise money to improve trains
EVERY day I search the Post for a reply from Councillor Tim Kent in response to the Post's editorial 'We say spend the money on railways instead'. (Post, October 2).
Then I plod through the romantic transport promises of mayoral candidates. No mention of rail and no realistic strategy for bringing down the price of bus fares.
I guess that the reason the Post pushes for rail is because a relatively small additional revenue support by Bristol City Council since 2008 has transformed passenger numbers on the Severn Beach line. If councillors or mayoral candidates promised similar financial support so that trains stopped more frequently at Parson Street station, for example, life would be more tranquil for the people of South Bristol. Parson Street Station could become a transport hub.
As for rail, there are 24 functioning stations in the Greater Bristol area. The service between Bath and Temple Meads stations is frequent. But cross city rail journeys are not time-tabled to link up with other rail services or with local bus services.
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FOSBR would be delighted to join local politicians on a cross city journey. The Cross Hands near Parson Street station and the Miles Arms near Avonmouth station both have good drinks, good food, a skittle alley and a rail service.
Friends of Suburban Bristol Railways