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Bristol Harbour Railway - Updates and Goings on

Discussion in 'Heritage Railways & Centres in the UK' started by Corbs, Jul 10, 2009.

  1. MAPLE CHRIS

    MAPLE CHRIS New Member

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    Given Bristol city councils track record on delivering major projects cannot see this happening anytime soon
     
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    New flood walls on the North side of the New Cut are needed, to avoid Spike island being inundated during tidal surges. But I agree with other posters views - what’s the point in the tramway option? Plus it creates a false historical narrative; the New Cut branch was never a dockside tramway. Consultation on the flood strategy has officially ended, but I suggest if you feel strongly you should still respond, if only to highlight the folly of the tramway idea.
     
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    In 1979 Richard Cottrell announced plans to build the Avon Metro.

    38 years later Bristol managed to get the Bristol Metrobus ....yet another bus service. :rolleyes: <BJ>

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    Isn't it just an option with pictures of the Brussel's tram as an example?
    The harbour steam railway could pitch it's own option with more running with posible new passenger carriages along the harbour?
     
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    I’ve always thought that the powers that be missed a trick by eradicating the connection from Temple Meads to the docks via the Redcliffe Tunnel. That could have provided a more central stop for the Portishead line reinstatement behind M-Shed rather than going via Parson Street and Bedminster (no offence to the residents). It would have meant reversing out of Ashton Vale across the Ashton Avenue bridge (which is sadly now a guided busway) and reconfiguring a few houses at the end of Challoner Court with a JCB . However it would have made the city centre accessible within walking distance from a rail link which is the major problem with the Temple Meads location.
     
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    simon Part of the furniture

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    I have had similar thoughts in the past.
     
  7. Kingscross

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    Sadly the connection to Temple Meads is lost, although with the demolition of some 1980s housing between Bathurst Basin and the M-Shed a tram line could probably be threaded in. I think the guided busway from Ashton Swing Bridge out to Long Ashton Park & Ride has been designed to allow for its conversion to a tram line at some point in the future, should the opportunity arise. Not holding my breath though!
     
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    Interestingly the original Metrobus proposal had it using the railway trackbed all the way down the New Cut, under the Cumberland Road bridge, and then behind M Shed. It would have involved relaying the line in a shared formation with the bus route and operationally would have been quite difficult with rail access impossible on weekdays. The then-Mayor George Ferguson was one of the people who spoke out against this and in the end the bus route only nibbled off the end of the line at Butterfly Junction, where it rejoins the road.

    Also - I'd forgotten to repost this here, Henbury passed its steam test and moved under her own power for the first time since 2014!
    Thanks to Bruce Davies for the pics.
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    Speaking to the flood defence strategy team recently, it appears that the suggestion of converting the New Cut branch to tramway has been dropped.
     
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