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Bristol Gets Serious About A Local Metro

A few days ago, a short article appeared in The Times, which was entitled Bristol Tube Plan To Beat Congestion.

This is the first two paragraphs.

Bristol could become the fifty city in Britain to get an underground rail system under plans to ease crippling congestion.

The council is investigating plans to build three lines, including one linking the city’s airport to the south, at a cost of about £4billion.

The article also notes that Cambridge is thinking along the same lines.

The problem is that tunnelling is expensive, as the Bristol estimate shows.

We also have the problem that some areas of the country are much easier to tunnel than others. The asymmetric nature of the London Underground is explained by London’s patchy geology, where tunnelling is easier, where there is London clay.

Bristol are also looking at improving their network of local rail lines, called MetroWest. Wikipedia says this about the network.

MetroWest, formerly known as the Greater Bristol Metro, is a proposal to improve the rail services in Bristol, England, and the surrounding region. It was first proposed at First Great Western’s Stakeholder Event in March 2008. The aim of the project is to develop half-hourly services through central Bristol which will also serve the surrounding West of England region. Transport campaigning group, Transport for Greater Bristol are actively supporting the proposal,[3] as are the four unitary authorities. Services are expected to start in 2019 for phase 1 and 2021 for phase 2.

Nothing much seems to be happening, although a new Portway Parkway station is going to built.

This article in the Bristol Post is entitled Bristol Could See Hydrogen-Powered Trains To Tackle Carriage Shortage.

This is said.

Bristol train lines could see new eco-friendly hydrogen trains introduced as the future of planned electrification remains uncertain.

The new regional trains are being tipped as an alternative to diesel powered trains and transport secretary Chris Grayling says he would like to see the technology introduced “within a short period of time.”

The article also includes Alstom’s promotional video.

If nothing else, the two articles show that Bristol is thinking seriously about some form of integrated rail system in the city.



January 24, 2018 - Posted by | Transport | ,


  1. Traffic is always congested in Bristol!

    Comment by Little Miss Traveller | January 24, 2018 | Reply

    • There is also no easy link between Temple Meads station and the City Centre. Bristol doersn’t care about visitors withiout cars.

      Comment by AnonW | January 24, 2018 | Reply

  2. Apart from Glasgow and Newcastle which other victims in the UK have an underground rail ‘system’?

    Comment by Lawrence | January 24, 2018 | Reply

    • I mean cities !!!! Ha ha !!!

      Comment by Lawrence | January 24, 2018 | Reply

  3. Liverpool has two underground lines. The Northern Line goes from North to South under the city and the Wirral Line starts in four places across the Mersey and terminates in a loop under the city.

    It is being seriously upgraded with new trains and extra stations.

    Manchester would have had an underground railway, but Harold Wilson cancelled it, as he felt everybody would have their own cars.

    Birmingham, Edinburgh and Leeds have well-design cross city railways.

    All of these are or would have been railways for full sized trains.

    Comment by AnonW | January 24, 2018 | Reply

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