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MetroWest is a crucial part of the West of England Combined Authority’s plans to decarbonise the transport network, improve connectivity and further enhance the local economy. It will dramatically increase access to rail travel through new stations and increased services.

The programme is unprecedented in terms of the number of new stations being opened over such a short period of time.

The MetroWest development could generate over a million new rail journeys and give 80,000 more people access to train service.

Train at Bristol Temple Meads station

MetroWest phases of development

There are two phases to the development of the MetroWest rail network. Both phases will increase the number of stations accessible to people in our region. The project aims to transform rail services in our region by providing new and more frequent services.

MetroWest phase 1: Portishead line

Severn Beach: There will be hourly services on the Severn Beach Line to Bristol Temple Meads. Half-hourly services from Avonmouth to Bristol Temple Meads will call at a new station at Portway next to the Park and Ride.

Bath & Westbury: There will be half-hourly services from Bristol Temple Meads to Bath & Westbury.

Portishead Line: The Portishead Line will be reopened. This will provide an hourly service between Portishead and Bristol Temple Meads. There are new stations at Pill and Portishead. Further Combined Authority, North Somerset Council and government funding was confirmed in summer 2022 to support the detailed design and construction phases.

MetroWest phase 2: Henbury rail line

Henbury Line: The line will be reopened with new stations at Henbury, North Filton and Ashley Down. This will be an hourly service from Bristol Temple Meads to Filton Abbey Wood, North Filton and Henbury.

Yate & Gloucester Line: Half hourly services between Bristol Temple Meads and Gloucester via Ashley Down and Yate. There will be a potential new station at Charfield.