Filton could gain a second railway station if South Gloucestershire Council’s outline plans for a new neighbourhood in North Bristol come to fruition.
The Council’s Core Srategy planning blueprint for the Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood, to be built partly on the Filton Airfield site, include two new stations on the Henbury Loop railway line, one of which would be on the site of the former North Filton Platform, which was closed in 1964.
The line, which runs along the southern edge of the airfield, is currently only used for freight but there are plans for it to be returned to passenger use as part of the Greater Bristol Metro project.
However, the plans so far announced are only for a ‘Henbury Spur’ line, not the full loop line that would link Filton and Henbury up with Avonmouth, Shirehampton, Lawrence Weston – and complete the circle line round the city.
Bristol North West MP Charlotte Leslie has started a petition that calls for a full Henbury ‘Loop’ service to be introduced. It reads:
“We, the under-signed, believe that a Henbury ‘spur’ would be a disastrously missed opportunity of a generation; that a Henbury Loop Line would not only be well used, but transform Bristol’s transport infrastructure; and want to make the strongest possible case for demand for a Loop not a spur.”
Local MP Jack Lopresti told The Journal that the Department for Transport has agreed to carry out a feasibility study into the benefits of having a full Henbury Loop Line, which he feels would be “far preferable to the spur that is currently proposed”.
Read more: Henbury Loop Line (The Journal)