A Modest Proposal #8: Portishead to Bristol

The November 2017 meeting of North Somerset Cycle Forum considered proposals for cycling and walking improvements between Bristol and Portishead, as part of MetroWest phase 1. Note that these are not part of the current plans which are just about diversions during the 18 month closure of the Pill Path. They are a ‘modest proposal’ put forward by BCyC members in the hope of significant improvements to an increasingly important link, especially in given the explosive growth in use of e-bikes.

By way of comparison, if you cycle to work in Xi’an (pronounced ‘chang-an’) in China on a principal cycle lane you will be one of about 1075 cyclists/hour, of whom 750 will be riding e-bikes. The average speed of e-bikes in Xi’an is 23.6 km/h, which is 71.0% faster than that of bicycles. So, in Portishead an e-biker should anticipate a commute of no more than one hour.

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Travelling with a bike on GWR services – Christmas 2017

Bikes at Temple Meads Great Western Railway (GWR) have announced engineering works over the Christmas period. Some routes will be diverted and buses will replace some trains (the buses can carry folding bikes only). Travel to London No trains will run on the GWR network on 25 or 26 December, and on 24 and 27 December there will be no trains running between London Paddington and Slough. Some long distance trains will be diverted to London Marylebone. GWR suggest that you can also travel to London on South Western Railway from Reading,…

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Restrictions on cycles on trains in Bath area this April

We’ve been notified of restrictions to carrying cycles on the replacement bus services in operation while Bath station is being modernised this April.  This leaflet has further details GWR Bath Station Modernisation leaflet TPOD3 FINAL, but the key points are: Weekend of 8/9 April – Buses replace trains Bristol Temple Meads – Bath – Chippenham – Westbury Monday 10 to Thursday 13 April – Trains run, but there will be slightly less capacity than normal in the Bath area Good Friday to Easter Monday inc – Buses replace trains Bristol Temple Meads – Bath – Chippenham – Westbury Tuesday 18 to Friday 21 April – Trains…

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Two rail surveys, one local, the other a national bike-rail survey

We are strong supporters of Friends of Suburban Bristol Railways (FOSBR) and they have just launched an online rail travel survey to feed into the WEP Joint Transport Plan and inform their campaign strategy – see the FOSBR website or follow the link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LWQBS7T The national Association of Train Operating Companies is interested in learning more about travel by cycle-rail. Here’s what they’re after: The number of cycle-rail users is growing each year and so it’s important that the Association of Train Operating Companies, understand how best to provide you with helpful information when you’re planning a rail journey…

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Portishead rail consultation

BCyC member Alan Morris reports in from the Portishead railway line consultation exhibition… It confirms that “Our engineering work to date indicates it should be feasible to retain the short sections of cycle / pedestrian path alongside the re-opened railway under the bridges, subject to some reductions in the width of the path and provision of appropriate fencing and other safety requirements.” And there will be a “a 300 metre pedestrian and cycle promenade with lighting linking [the Portishead station] to the town centre and various footpath improvements.”…

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