in preparation for the new footbridge 3rd October 2023
There is (or was) a Cornish connection: the locking frame of 32 levers found its way to the Bodmin Railway. Is it still there, I wonder?
With reference to todays website submission by Roy Hart concerning Savernake West and his question about the lever frame. Yes, it is still stored at Bodmin General. It was originally planned to be utilised for a newly constructed signalbox at Bodmin Parkway, but currently there are no plans for that.
Take Care, Chris Bellett Chief S&T Engineer,
Bodmin Railway CRS Member
Many thanks to Roger for his picture.
The contract for all the works will go to tender, but there are a small number of pre-approved specialist contractors who will be able to quickly tender for the work.
The new road layout for Quays Avenue – North Somerset Council is ready to get planning approval for this, so it will progress quickly once the Full Business Case is signed off.
Funding – we revisited the sources of funding (see attachment), which highlights how committed all four local councils, WECA and the DfT are to the project. All those parties are keen to get this done. The DfT will pick up any further cost increase due to inflation.
Station parking – there were a few questions about this. There will be at least 280 parking spaces. There are no details on charges yet, but we have raised the issue of parking on local roads and would like to see a parking charge that is prohibitive for non-rail users and somehow built into the ticket price for those travelling by train.
Ticket prices – No information yet. [Current Off-Peak fares for comparable journeys are Keynsham £4.80, Nailsea £5.50, Yate £5.90, Yatton £7.00]
Buses – PRG would hope to see a shuttle bus connecting all of Portishead to the station.
Tourism – It was mentioned that there is an increasing number of people coming to Portishead, both for work and leisure – Lake Grounds, Skateboard park etc. Daisy Bickley proposed NSC should organise a traffic count in both directions on the A369