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Author Topic: Portishead Line reopening for passengers - ongoing discussion  (Read 218269 times)
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« Reply #720 on: June 28, 2019, 10:13:58 pm »

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958,980 passenger trips by rail in the opening year increasing to 1,295,103 passenger trips by 2036

If the above statement were to read, 'over 900,000 passenger trips in the opening year rising to over 1 1/4 million by the year 2040', yes I would accept that but here we are again, all the planners, decision makers and knowalls putting out figures designed to impress, they must think we are all village idiots.
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« Reply #721 on: July 02, 2019, 12:02:21 pm »

Some orange army activity in between the two hump backed bridges in Portbury.
Some vehicles and a caravan in a compound, surveyor poles and black plastic on the line and in the fields either side. Anyone have any idea what's going on ?
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« Reply #722 on: July 02, 2019, 01:18:04 pm »

Some orange army activity in between the two hump backed bridges in Portbury.
Some vehicles and a caravan in a compound, surveyor poles and black plastic on the line and in the fields either side. Anyone have any idea what's going on ?

Could be some surveying.
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« Reply #723 on: July 02, 2019, 08:07:01 pm »

At least it's activity, more activity than at Portway.
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« Reply #724 on: July 16, 2019, 07:50:47 am »

This appeared on the Cornish Railway Society site this morning
http://www.cornwallrailwaysociety.org.uk/latest-input--news--old-pictures-etc

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​Dear All,
At our meeting last week, we reviewed all the latest news and the detailed plan looking forward to the line reopening in late 2023 or thereabouts.
 
There are three documents that you might be interested in reading:
 
My presentation summarising the news and forward plan is here:
https://www.portisheadrailwaygroup.org/The%20Next%20Four%20Years.pdf
The minutes from the meeting, covering parts of the presentation and Q&A, are here:
https://www.portisheadrailwaygroup.org/PRG%20152%20-%20members%20meeting%20minutes.pdf
 
The full briefing by North Somerset Council, with masses of information about the DCO, is here:
http://apps.n-somerset.gov.uk/cairo/docs/doc29672.pdf
 
If you have any questions or comments, please do email them to me and we’ll answer as best we can.
 
Regards, Peter.
 
Peter Maliphant, Membership Secretary, Portishead Railway Group 
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« Reply #725 on: July 16, 2019, 11:17:20 am »

The links make for interesting reading, including the council's minutes. I have been critical of North Somerset Council in the past for their handling of their end of the project, but not any more. They made a couple of daft decisions earlier on, and at one time seemed to have no enthusiasm for reopening the railway, prefering roads (and MetroBust). But as the project reaches a much more mature phase, they seem to be doing all the right things. It's good to see that there will be a fair bit of preppy-uppy work done in anticipation of the DCO. They have put quite a large bet on the DCO, which must surely go through, but it's brave for a council to pony up 10% of its budget for one project. WECA will try to take at least some of the glory, but this is going through because of Weston super Mare, not Western super Mayor.

I'm still critical of them on other topics, mind.
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« Reply #726 on: July 16, 2019, 05:29:25 pm »

‘The line reopening in late 2023 or thereabouts’.

Using wording like that doesn’t exactly fill you with confidence does it  Huh
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« Reply #727 on: July 16, 2019, 05:46:13 pm »

No, but making statements such as  ‘will be opening by 2023’ when the project is still at a fairly early stage has proven to be unrealistic for so many other schemes that I think I’d prefer a level of vagueness.
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« Reply #728 on: July 17, 2019, 11:35:11 am »

‘The line reopening in late 2023 or thereabouts’.

Using wording like that doesn’t exactly fill you with confidence does it  Huh

I'm going for no earlier than 2025 then  Smiley
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« Reply #729 on: July 17, 2019, 01:20:46 pm »

No, but making statements such as  ‘will be opening by 2023’ when the project is still at a fairly early stage has proven to be unrealistic for so many other schemes that I think I’d prefer a level of vagueness.
And when it comes to the railways delivering plenty of vagueness is often required.
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« Reply #730 on: August 12, 2019, 02:46:04 pm »

A four page special feature on the Portishead line in the current issue of RAIL (issue      885). Includes a detailed explanation of what needs to be followed in order to get trains running, and includes a black and white photo from August 1964 of a steam train in Portishead station that I've never seen before !
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« Reply #731 on: August 13, 2019, 09:17:02 am »

The amount of time this project has dragged on you'd think it was HS2 ! Utterly ridiculous, and should have been done years ago.
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