Special Announcement of the start of a new section
Public Notices and Posters Collection.
This can be found by scrolling down the left hand side of the screen to the bottom.
This section will cover scanned copies of paper notices of the 1960s; this will include all manner of railway advertising literature published at the time such as,
Cheap Day Tickets, Excursions and Holiday Runabout Tickets.
We start this section with the notice of The Blue Pullman that was released by British Railways Western Region in October 1962, also a British Transport Commission notice for the withdrawal of passenger train service notice for Swansea (Victoria), Craven Arms and Shrewsbury.
The best available facilities for a photo on Saturday morning was my mobile so zooming is not at its best.
Number 66126 and 66044 head the Saturday 683L Burngullow to Exeter Riverside Sand train onto the through line at Plymouth awaiting the green light to follow the 12:18 1Z51 Cross Country Plymouth to Exeter being two units together.
Guy Vincent Many thanks Guy
Re-opening a step nearer
Last night North Somerset Council approved a number of very significant steps for the project to reopen the Portishead line.
The most significant is committing an extra £15 million from NSC’s own Tier 3 business rate funding to reduce the funding gap. This means that the funding is now in place for roughly three-quarters of the total cost and hopefully makes it easier for WECA, central government, Network Rail or other sources to come up with the remainder over the next few months.
Other commitments approved include:
- Signing the Initial Promotion Agreement which underpins WECA and NSC working together through to delivery of the railway
- Spending a further £4.5 million in 2019/20 and £7.2 million in 2020/21 to progress the project, taken from the existing Local Growth Fund source
- Spending £300k on land purchases
- Jointly promoting Phase 1 with WECA (para 3.2)
- Tram Trains review by NSC and Network Rail will report by end February that tram trains are more expensive than heavy rail and that it will be easy to convert Portishead to trams later if needed
- The Bristol Feasibility Study (referred to in Chris Grayling’s letter last year) will report later in 2019 and it assumes that MetroWest Phase 1 and 2 are implemented
The DCO Submission is now scheduled for June 2019 (para 3.08), presumably to allow some of the above and other work required to be completed first.
You can find the whole document here under 19 February MetroWest Phase 1: http://apps.n-somerset.gov.uk/cairo/committees/comidx163-2018.asp
This all sounds very encouraging. In particular, if NSC are committing a further £15 million, then possibly WECA and Central Government could each do something similar, to close the funding gap completely.
Portishead Railway Group