Henbury station sign

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

  1. Please sign the petition on this page and in the comments give up to 3 reasons why you think we need a loop line, not just a cul-de-sac station at Henbury. Please see below for some reasons why this matters so much.
  2. Tell all your friends, send them to this site.
  3. Tweet your support @CLeslieMP #henburyloop
  4. Like the Facebook page - Campaign to Re-open Henbury Loop
  5. Sign petition to Re-Open Horfield Station

More details from petition creator

WHY WE NEED A HENBURY LOOP LINE
connecting Avonmouth, Shirehampton, Sea Mills and North Bristol

* Access to facilities, friends, family: A loop line will link up local communities like Henbury and Avonmouth; Communities like Shirehampton have lost so many facilities, like the swimming pool and Robin Cousins. We need to link people up to where facilities are.

* Regeneration, Connection: It's hard for young people to get to work, and get about. A Henbury loop will link isolated communities in N.Bristol to each other, the rest of Bristol, the South West, and the UK

* Congestion-buster: the effects of future housing in S.Glos on Bristol’s roads and surrounding area will be significant.We need a full circuit-line round north Bristol to take traffic off the roads.

* Business-Link: the opportunity for business and jobs, with new enterprise areas in Avonmouth and Severnside, and Bristol Port’s Deep Sea Container on the way is really exciting. But local people from the Henbury, Brentry and Southmead area must be able to get to those jobs.

* Green Wheels: congestion is snarling up the city and emitting unnecessary CO2. Bristol wants to be Europe’s Green Capital. We need to be ambitious, not half-measures about our rail to reduce congestion and CO2.

* Let’s Get Bristol Moving! Other cities have managed a proper local rail network all around the city. Why can’t Bristol? With a real circuit round the city, we can link up the bus-routes, park-and-ride, cycling much better to get the roads emptier.

...To name but a few good reasons!
Let’s not accept half-measures or second-best for Bristol. Let’s go for it and get Bristol On Track!

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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.

Submitted by Charlotte Leslie
Deadline to sign: 31 December 2015 — Signatures: 1988

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Charlotte
Leslie MP

Charlotte Leslie MP

Find out more

www.charlotteleslie.com
Twitter: @CLeslieMP #henburyloop
Facebook: facebook.com/HenburyLoop

Local MP Charlotte Leslie and local Councillor Chris Windows have been campaigning for more than four years for Henbury Station to be re-opened, as part of a Bristol Metro local railway system, to complete a circuit round the city. Now, Charlotte may have secured a major breakthrough, after taking the campaign to the Minister for Rail.

But we need YOU to help make it happen!

Since the start of the campaign, thanks to groups like Friends Of Suburban Bristol Rail, we’ve really made progress and come a long way: plans are now in place for a Bristol Metro and Portishead line.

BUT... the plans are so far only for a ‘Henbury Spur’ line, NOT the full loop line that we need to link Henbury up with Avonmouth, Shirehampton, Lawrence Weston - and complete the circle line round the city!

Charlotte with local Councillor Chris Windows

Taking the campaign to the rail minister

Charlotte believes petty party politics have held Bristol back for too long. So she organised a meeting for the city and region’s MPs with Rail Minister Simon Burns to specifically make the case for a ‘Loop not a spur’ line.

Charlotte reports back: “I’ve been fighting for this with local campaigners for so long. So I was absolutely delighted that the Minister listened to the case I put forward, and as a result will do a proper feasibility study for the case for the Henbury Loop Line.

"But now we need to demonstrate there really is huge demand for this. I’m pressing our Mayor, George Ferguson, to use his influence too. We all need to speak with one voice - residents, businesses, young people, elderly, to say we need a Henbury Loop Line!"

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Recent Comments

Having so much of already in place it just seems absurd not to make the most of it. All modern cities have a rail network, with loops, not spurs, and we are being left behind.

Train is the most efficient and easy way to move around
Bristol traffic is horrible and it will get worse.
More train lines will save us so many hours that we we can be productive

Why not use the train lines that are established already instead of building a new road for park and ride?! We don't need any more roads. Trains are much more environmentally friendly AND people get to see other people when travelling.

Opening the loop for an hourly service from Temple Meads to Yate via Henbury will create demand by giving people all over North West Bristol and South Glos new options, a spur with an hourly service to Temple Meads just gives Henbury locals an alternative to get into town

reduce road traffic
allow connections for london
reduce bristol polution.

I used to live in Brentry/Henbury, a re-opened passenger rail line would make a huge difference.

Move forward Bristol.........Ignore TRASH

A real "no brainer". Let's get on with it.

It would be a brilliant idea as people wouldn't have to fight traffic to get around.

Great asset to whole community and make bristol more competitive, less congested and more economically efficient use of public and private investment.

Need to plan for the long term, and leverage existing rail infrastructure to meet current and future demand, taking planned new housing into account.

my son attends university in bristol, i hate driving through bristol, nothing moves!!!. and as for those idiot cyclists.... Why is this line not already being used????

It will utilise the existing rail net work and cut congestion on Westbury Rd

It will provide a diversionary route to tBristol Parkway Station

It will enable people to use the train to get to work at MOD and other places near Parkway without having to use the car or wait in the bad weather for a bus

Opening the Henbury loop line will initiate regeneration in the North Bristol area and will help to take traffic off our roads.

this is a great idea, wish you the best of luck with it.

I would love to be able to give up my car but there aren't enough alternative options of public transport at present. Having a rail link would make it a viable option.

We will need the train in view of the upcoming Skansa housing development.

Excellent idea and project

Good infrastructure is the driver of growth - Rail, Fibre Optics - anything that reduces the pressure on Bristol overcrowded roads and unhappy parking restrictions will re-vitalise Bristol and invite more investment. Just look at what happened to London as the low cost Docklands Light Railway is constantluy expanding along with East London.

Much better idea; it will help save Severn Beach for the long term.

Get us out of our cars - stop sitting in a traffic queue passing over the line, and use the train.

Open the loop to improve choice for the journeys that people make - within Bristol and to/from its neighbours

I grew up in Birmingham - the cross city local train was established in the face of controversy what an asset to the city from Day 1 - we need the same in Bristol.

To remove the congestion of traffic in Bristol. To be able to access places within a short distance without sitting for hours in traffic.

As Bristols Roads are getting more and more congested thanks in part to the over pricing of buses this will enable more people to get out and about and make a good link for Temple meads for daytrips and holidays

To have a decent public transport system for Bristol, we need all the bits joined up; the Henbury Loop is one of those bits.

Bristol desperately needs to take pressure off the roads. Rush hours near gridlock especially in the areas around Bristol Parkway. This would help enormously and support our claims as a Green City.

Bristol deserves an integrated transport system that encourages people to walk, cycle and to use public transport.
I hope all the stations that have existing lines are reopened. Please reopen Ashley Hill station , so that one can easily leave the city via Parkway and get to town easily. It would help the students at City of Bristol and ease congestion when there are cricket matches at Kennington Avenue.

I use the train from Sea Mills to Clifton and to Bristol Templeameads whenever I can to get around without having to use my car. If I ever need to go to North Bristol, I always have to drive and it always seems nonsensical that there is no joined up method of transport to link south to north (and east to west, for that matter) without having to spend hours on buses which all go via the centre. When you are working (especially when working for yourself, every minutes counts and it is just unfeasible to use buses. The train lines are there. Let's do the common sense thing and free them up for us all to use! Keep my car off the road!

This city is coming to a standstill. You only have to listen to Jack fm in the morning to see how bad the city's traffic congestion is. Why have all the councilers that have run this city for decades been sooo short sighted. All that happens is money ploughed into very short term solutions. For god sake lets get these abandoned railway lines up and running again.

To be fully functional, it should be linked to a line that goers into the centre of the City/Temple Meads

The service to Redland is great, cheaper quicker and more reliable than the bus. But the service is restricted by a single track rail line. It needs double track.

Buses can take ages to get into Temple meads area in spite of bus lanes. A better train loop could take many more commuter cars off the road

Reopening the Henbury loop would make travel into Bristol from Henbury so much easier, and really improve Bristol's dire public transport. Our daughter lives in Newcastle and we are amazed how much easier travel to and from the centre is there, thanks to the Metro.

geets cars off the road!

An excellent idea

This is a great idea guys and will do much to balance the city's opportunities for all residents .. Please make sure a lockleaze station is on the list and that this is not just hot air- this area cannot be ignored any longer - it's criminal the way our local council appears to forget areas like lockleaze whilst continually feathering their own nests/areas.. Well done.

Will reduce congestion/Pollution/and travelling time

Please open a station in Ashley Down as well. This railway makes good environmental and economic sense.

Cant think why this has not been done - it could even be a park and ride if the field behind the station was purchased.

Horfield and lockleaze station would be brilliant.

With all the additional building in the area the full loop line would be an extra option for travel and release some of the pressure on our local roads

Essential to reduce congestion-especially with additional transport needs linked to new Southmead Hospital. Health benefits [less congestion-thus lower emissions] . Allows Bristol to develop businesses and prosperity, but only if people can travel more easily to work.

Bristol needs a good intrgrated public transport.
Trains seems to be the most efficient way to move around. Come on Bristol be the 21st century city with 500 years history!

Bristol desperately needs a good public transport. Less cars on the road the better!!

makes sound common sense to ease congestion on the roads especially as there are more and more moves to restrict cars/traffic in the city centre. Alternatives have to be put in place. We don't all like riding bikes!!

Bristol desperately needs more public transport options and the more the merrier. The enormous new build housing projects on Filton Airfield and around the former Stoke Park Hospital have made no other provision for the increase in traffic this will bring. FirstBus' criminally high prices and Wessex Bus' utterly unreliable services need the competition in order to provide the impetus for them to raise their game. No one change will get people out of their cars, but a coordinated, 'joined up' public transport system will and prevent Bristol from becoming a clogged up, polluted, glorified car park.

As the cost of fuel increases and road congestion worsens, we all need an alternative to using our cars. Having better access to the train network provides everyone with a viable alternative.

The Henbury Loop line should include a station that could serve cribbs causeway and also reopen the Filton station for employees at Airbus, GKN and Rolls Royce. The line will be needed to service the new housing estate being built near Cribbs and the inevitable development of the now defunct Filton runway.

The new Southmead hospital will have people visiting from many areas. It needs a train station in "walking" distance. Stop more congestion. Get Horfield station open.

As someone who grew up in Henbury I have never understood why this station has been left closed while there are major traffic queues on the Portway - Join up the dots and reopen Henbury station.

Rail is part of our future. We need it to ease congestion and get people out of their cars.

Our household does not have a car and we rely on public transport. This would be a fantastic link for us to be able to visit our families. We would use it a lot. Please give us the loop!

This is an essential ingredient in an integrated public transport system for Bristol. It would be madness to pass up this opportunity to make a real difference to transport in our city.

Yes please - the sooner the better!

I strongly support the Henbury loopline proposal as an essential contribution to an effective transport system in and around Bristol.

If we want to reduce congestion and problems with commuters parking in our local communities we need sensible solutions.The loop line and re-opening Horfield station would be a good start. This would also encourage economic growth as employees would be able to get to work more easily and economically.

This is a crucial step in the right direction to encourage people to use public transport

sensible

It is not lack of political will that is holding transport back, it is the West of England Partnership. We need a real Integrated Transport Authority, with only transport on the agenda, not an unelected inefficient undemocratic oligarchy that thinks its sole purpose is to spend vast amounts of other peoples' cash without caring whether it will do any good.

1. To improve Bristol to South Glos communication.
2. To persuade commuters from their cars, eg Henbury to Avonmouth commuters.
3. To add flexibility to the rail network

I think it is a brilliant idea to open these branch lines up. I used to live in Shirehampton and used the line to Temple Meads often as it was cheaper and quicker than the bus service. The Henbury loop will do nothing but good for the communities that will use it.

The government`s railways strategy should give priority to reopening local/commuter lines ( including the so-called 'Henbury Loop-line')rather than the vastly expensive HS2 project. Charlotte, plse use all your national influence to get HS2 cancelled....its cost/benefit equation is dodgy.

Henbury Station was well used when I was a child, It would be great to see it re-open, not just for nostalgic reasons, but more importantly for easy access to more difficult areas in Bristol. The buses are impossible, late, expensive and unhygienic, they are pollution loaded. More often then not it takes 2 buses to reach your destination even though it may only be a couple of miles, it can take over an hour to reach. With new housing developments planned the trains can be cost effective and quicker to reach ones destination. Bring on the Henbury Loop and connect the communities which are poorly served with other amenities.

Trains reduce congestion on roads and provide extra options to complement bus services

Anything that can ease congestion particulary affecting North Bristol is a must. The traffic is horrendous at times, particularly during the winter months.

Transport in Bristol is very poor for a city of its size - congestion and roadworks are rife, and buses are expensive and often late. I have been a user of the city's existing rail links for years and find them reliable, cheap, comfortable and speedy. I believe extending the rail services around the city is the best way forward for transport in both the short and long term - and I say this as a driver, cyclist and bus user. A circle line makes perfect sense, not only because many local stations already exist (sitting unused) but because the entire city can benefit from the ability to get anywhere, easily. This improves community cohesion and has clear economic benefits for commuters and for the retail sector. I am passionate about the improvement of rail infrastructure in Bristol and would be happy to get involved in promoting this cause.

Bristol is long overdue a fully integrated public transport system. If we are going to reduce road congestion and the pollution and delays that go with it, we must invest in our local suburban railway system and make it as accessible and useful as possible. The Henbury Loop line would make a much greater contribution to this than a spur line. We must not miss this opportunity to bring daily train travel to as many Bristol people as possible.

This would have a hguely psotive impact on all the communitites it would link, both in terms of their access to facilities and employment, but also in terms of making them more attractive to prospective residents as places to live

This is a real no-brainer. I can't understand why such a link should not be put in now and get some of the traffic off the roads. I know I would use it for work and my kids could use it to travel to school.

I work in Bristol and this Station would make life so much easier for me to not have to drive and to take the train from Chippenham or Trowbridge to get to and from my place of work. Bristol is the worst City I have ever had to drive through and it's getting worse.

A henbury loop line would provide so much better connectivity than only a spur. It would take more cars off the road and provide access to jobs and leisure in the city centre for the residents along the line.

Replacing the station removed at Hallen would also be useful

about time too!

Connecting the line - and connecting communities - is a no-brainer. Bristol's traffic congestion is the worst in the country and North Bristol is particularly bad with the business parks and UWE. My cycle commute takes me up the A38 and I see the queues every day.
Extending on to Cribbs Causeway would be amazing, imagine how it might transform the Christmas shopping queues!

I'd really like the loop to try to include some of the large companies served by the current line. Airbus and bae are the main ones that come to mind and would help ease traffic in north Bristol. I currently live in Clifton and live 5 miles away from filton. By public transport it takes me an hour to get to work. This would be a fantastic solution. The main roads from the south to the north are already at breaking point at rush hour (Gloucester rd, south mead road etc) and with the addition of the super hospital at south mead this is going to get worse.

A Bristol Metro would encourage much more of us to use public transport!

The line at Henbury/Brentry needs to be extended to Cribbs Causeway Shopping Mall to give extra facilities for shoppers near and away and to ease traffic flows.
This can be done through the available fields or on the highway.

I have lived in and around Henbury for the past 40 years, and I have seen the huge change in road usage. Henbury station has been closed for far to long, and should be reopened as soon as possible.

Well done Charlotte

Operationally a loop is a much more efficient system with no need to turn the train and providing more travel opportunities.

Reduce congstion on roads
convenience
encourage business

It should be possible for the loop to serve Bristol Parkway as well, in and out again, back down to Abbey Wood

Reduce conjestion, connect communities, green green green!

Since I started catching the train 18 years ago the service has improved due to the hard work of people like Julie Boston and resulted in greater passenger numbers. It can only improve Bristol's infrastructure to link our rail lines up giving access to even more people.

I regularly use the Severn Beach line-it is reliable and cheap unlike the First Bus service. If people are to be encouraged to use public transport then this is by far the best option

I will be able to use the train to get into work in Bristol City centre rather than drive.

Green City? Sustainable living? Two hours to get to train station by bus? Blaise Estate inaccessible for most people except by cars that then park on the green fields they have come to see and block the conservation area roads?

This link should assist regeneration and ease congestion for growing communities in North Bristol, e.g. facilitating rail commuting from Bradley Stoke to Henbury and Avonmouth.

Parts of North Bristol are becoming increasingly isolated. I am chronically ill and do not drive, but would like to work. I have no direct bus service into town any more, and only one train an hour on weekdays - one every three hours on Sundays! Today I missed a hospital appointment, because my bus didn't come. We desperately need more and better public transport links in Bristol, so non-drivers aren't excluded from going anywhere or doing anything.

A train station in lockleaze woud improve the quality of life of this part of Bristol by improving access to education and employment opportunties around and outside of the city thus improving the prospects of young residents. For me as a mother it would allow better access to facilities and opportunities located in other areas of the city. I have often heard Lockleaze being described as a forgotten area of the city and a rail station in the area would bring Lockleae back on the map and back into the collective conscience of the city.

This train line would help access other areas and facilities in Bristol. It will help get Bristol moving and reduce traffic. Just do it.

This is key to wider Bristol and West area metro, linking portishead, new development etc to Avonmouth employement and Parkway.

It will help traffic congestion, providing better transport to Gloucester Road as well as the Cricket, Football and Rugby grounds. In addition the train goes past the end of my road, although i currently have a 30 min walk to the nearest station!

1) To reduce congestion: Bristol is one of the most congested cities in the UK which harms local businesses and investment. To reduce Congestion we need to reduce the amount of vehicles on the road. However there needs to be a 'carrot' approach to encourage people to use public transport. To do this Bristol needs faster, cheaper and widespread transport which is easy to access and the Henbury loop would do just that.
2)We need to live up to our 'green city' status. It's common sense that less cars on the roads mean less emissions. This means that if the loop was created, we could reduce C02 dramatically as the Loop would ensure thousands of people would use a integrated train network to commute instead of cars. This would have health benefits as well as reduce commute times and help the environment.
3) It's fairly cheap yet effective: Local decision makers have wasted millions of pounds on transport ideas which have been ill thought out such as the 'showcase' bus route which has had limited success and the planned bus metro which essentially is a white elephant showcase bus route. With the Loop, we already have most of the infrastructure in place. FGW have already stated that they have seen a 90% increase in passengers using the Seven beach line. It's cheap to do, it's what the people of Bristol want and with the improvements of the Great Western line over the next 5 years, it's the best time to do it.

I do not understand why it takes so long to make what is a common sense decision and then so long to implement!

This could provide a link from the city centre for both the new homes being built at Filton airfield, and (with local buses) to some of the out of town shops. It may also reduce pressure on already overcrowded public transport along the A38 corridor.

This would really help us visit friends in North Bristol without using our car.

Also go shopping in North Bristol without the car.

It's common sense to let the public use an existing rail track, a quick win.

Above this, Horfield/Lockleaze station is also essential for the development of that area

we need more local rail routes and links to help reduce congestion on routes in and out of the city; and on city streets.
Local services such as the Severn Beach line are well used and demonstrate just how much these services are used and valued by the public.

I think that this can only be a good idea. It will take pressure off the roads and make more of our wonderful city accessible without disturbing the environment by utilising existing track. Maybe more of our railway lines can be reopened in this way? I do hope so.

This is the best way forward to help the transportation needs of the city.

Let's not waste this great opportunity to provide a badly needed direct public transport link between west and north Bristol. It will do a lot to reduce traffic congestion and pollution - major problems in Bristol - as well as making travel easier for commuters and those with family and community links between these areas.

We need better Intergrated transport system in Bristol. if Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle ... can why can't Bristol

This project deserves so much support!
You don't even have to read between the lines to see how beneficial this will be to so many communities.

Reducing car traffic and improving transport around Bristol is essential and improved rail services should be part of this. This loop does not require significant additional track, is already functioning for freight, and could be introduced without major capital outlay. This enhanced rail provision could and should be intoduced as soon as possible.

Bristol (and suburbs) desperately need imaginative transport improvement. We reject the destructive road-building ideas of the 1960s. Despite huge investment in the bus services, buses remain slow and unattractive. Valuable rail infrastructure is still in place but its potential has not been exploited.The Henbury loop would provide a superb direct connection between the intelligence of Bristol University Quarter, the expanding Severnside Port, the Filton technology quarter and South Glocs residential quarter

Scrap the electrification of Paddington Swansea and spend a fraction of the funds on a really useful project not a vanity project

When will we get things moving & reopen some of these closed lines

cleaner method of travel
take traffic off the roads
serve new areas

A loop will link areas of Bristol up far more effectively than a spur. We need far better public transport in Bristol if we are ever to reduce congestion.

I think the Henbury Loop line would make it easier for commuters to get around Bristol, it would also help ease congestion on Bristol Roads and will link up isolated communities.

Imagine if the Horfield station reopened... I could get the train from home in Horfield to work in Henbury every day instead of driving, and my son could get the train in to school at Sefton Park via Montpelier each day instead of getting a lift in. At the weekends I could get the train down to Easton to go to the Thali and meet friends, ride down to Temple Meads to go out in town, or pop up to Clifton for some shopping and to take the kids to the Downs. Make Bristol bigger and smaller... Give us more stations!

We need more improvements to public transport, linking the various parts of the city in as many ways as possible.

We need reduce traffic on Bristol's roads to reduce congestion,fumes,parking problems for inner city areas and link communities to the national rail network.

Looking at a map it is clear that this is essential to complete a rail route around Bristol.

Would be great for the city. I just hope that those in charge of it do not make the same stupid mistakes they did when they built the park and ride at Avonmouth, train line right next to it but did they put a station for commuters?.
Of course not, that would be too much joined up thinking for them.
Show them some sense Charlotte and run this line properly, green capital of Europe, most cities in Europe would have it up and running by now not still talking about it.

A Dead end will reduce travel options.

This rail link has to be the future for Bristol and surrounding area, we cannot all cycle but we do need to get out of our cars.

A much needed link for the area, and would ease congestion on the roads.

We need a network of local lines that connect to allow greater frequency before and during peek commuting times. Feeding and not disrupting main line services

Bristol needs all the transport options it can get, as an ex resident of north Bristol I firmly believe this.

Make sure any plans are linked in with future electrification in mind!

Good luck !

Can surely help to reduce the short car trips commuters make by road to Parkway to connect with trains to London and the Midlands thus reducing congestion

As a regular traveller to Bristol this link would prove invaluable and convince me to leave the car at home and take the train.

As many lines as possible which are still standing should put back into service to get more traffic off the roads and help with the global warming problem

Why not have a station as Aztec West too?

It's time to stop kicking the car driver and do something positive!

We have seen the success of the Severn Beach Line and hope this can be repeated elsewhere in the area.

A good rail network with regular trains all day works well in the West Midlands. It's £2.20 max fare return anywhere in the area too after 6.30 pm. The Henbury Loop is an opportunity to play catch up and should not be missed!

much better to try to shift traffic off the congested roads.

this line reopened will be brilliant for Bristol

This is an idea whose time has come!

I often Tavel to Birmingham or London for work from Redland via temple meads. The trains don't connect well and sometimes I end up taking the car to parkway to save myself 40 mins to an hour each way. The loop needs to link with parkway / temple meads services

A complete loop would allow me to catch a train to parkway for the commute to London, rather than driving.
Transport infrastructure investment provides the basis for economic regeneration & growth - Look at the jobs in Cardiff now available to deprived areas through the opening of the Valley Line.
There is little more that can be done to expand the road networks - Will provide extra transport capacity without further congesting the City (look at London).

So many new jobs in the expansion of Avonmouth, but only access is by car!

My daughter lives in Manchester and there is no comparism between the local transport system she uses and the one I use. This is a brilliant idea and will narrow the gap.

Bristol needs a strong public transport system as its road infrastructure is over capacity.

We need the full loop line ,no half measures!

Makes sense to loop and connect the north locally

Re-opening Horfield Station is a great thought, kudos dear MP. I use rail few times a week to commute and there are several other who would like to use, but the filton station being quite far they are reluctant to either walk or cycle, in fairness to them it doesnt suit them well. We definitely wouldnt enough space on our roads if everyone wants to use a car to commute. A very good thought and hope it succeeds.

The loop line is essential to prevent gridlock in north Bristol's roads when Filton Airfield is developed.

let's improve local public transport!

Nicer to travel in train than bus, cheaper train fares than other public transport

should help the Brisol area WITH BETTER COMUTING

Public Transport in Bristol is atrocious. It particularly fails to join suburb-to-suburb. The Henbury Spur is a step in the right direction...reinstalling the suburban buses should come next. Sincerely, greta lewis.

This could make a big difference to residents of Sea Mills, Shirehampton and Avonmouth who commute to South Wales.

It would be great to have access to the national rail network without always going via Temple Meads

If people are to use cars less there is a great need for good public transport links....this would be a step in the right direction.

The Henbury loop would reduce traffic congestion in Filton. It will make it easier for young people to find and get to work.

We really need this loopline.

Circular links too, please, as well as radial ones. A city's life is not just about the centre.

Bringing the remaining section of line up to passenger standards will also create a useful diversionary route.

I travelled the full loop on an open day last year and was amazed that this line is not already in use. It would be more convenient to travel direct from Filton to Clifton rather than into Bristol Temple Meads to change. It will be good for commuters and leisure passengers alike.

There is no extra cost in running trains on from Henbury through to Avonmouth as the track and signals are already in place. I live in Filton and currently to get to Avonmouth I have to travel in to Bristol to go back again this journey takes over an hour. There for I am forced in to using road transport. With Tesco Cooperative and Asda all having major distribution sites in the area now is the time for the rail link to be upgraded to passenger status.

its needed

Just do it

This project will create better transport links for the Henbury area. It will save money spent on fuel. The project will create jobs.

This development is essential to enable people in the north of the city to move about. The residents parking zones and the housing developments in South Gloucestershire means that we have to have an excellent public transport system together with good park and ride facilities.

It would make getting to work easier

Improvements to rail and bus services will encourage commuters and others to use their cars less often so reducing congestion and air pollution.

Despite the constant calls for austerity, this is not the time for half-measures with regard to provision of additional public transport amenities. When money is scarce, it should be invested wisely and with a view to the long-term prospects and prosperity of our fine City. Nothing reduces road traffic so much as a railway, and no other mode of transport has the potential to benefit the whole population, regardless of age or fitness. So let's not risk spoiling the ship for a ha'porth of tar - let's go for the loop!

This is a major opportunity to really begin to tackle and solve Bristol's entrenched transport issues

To connect Henbury with Shirehampton, Avonmouth and Patchway, Parkway.
Also to connect Henbury with the national rail network.

For too long Bristol has been lagging behind other cities with great transport infrastructure. It's time Bristol improved to fit in with the rest. Also it is vital for economic growth, greener transport and social utility to link these areas together to allow for the transfer of people and resources

don't let it be operated by First as it will be a waste of time and over priced.

this would make visiting my grandchildren so much easier.

It will really help to cut down commuter traffic.

this is what Bristol needs as the public transport at the moment is awful !

The local community needs this link to enable better access to facilities in Henbury as they have been taken away from Shirehampton.
This would be another way of accessing other parts of North Bristol and not having to take lots of different buses if you don't have a car.
This could help reduce the number of cars on the road as the train would enable people to get to a variety of places whilst using a direct route.

This railroad line should never
have been closed to passenger
traffic. a rapid transit system
is surely needed in n.bristol.
if we've got nobody interested in rebuilding it,
then get the germans in.

* A loop line will help people use the train to get to work wherever their work is in the local communities or further afield.
* There is already too much traffic for the roads around north bristol, so a loop line will help ease the congestion, taking traffic off the roads.
* Bristol came close to being Europe's green capital. With a real circuit round the city, we can link up the bus-routes, park-and-ride, cycling much better to get the roads emptier and be a significant step towards achieving this goal.

I attended the South West Region meeting in place of Colin Smith in the past and
raised this issue. It appeared in the minutes, and subsequently if has started to work its way into the Transport program. I have ever since I becamse Cllr in Southmead considered that this line should be opened for public transportation and the proposal for a loop line would enable a service which is not hindered by having to wait for other trains to pass. A regular train service to the North part of the City is a sensible solution to our problems on our roads.

And the Portishead line

A spur would be great, but the loop would make much more sense!

Go for it!!!

This would extremely valuable if it went on and linked in with The Mall at Cribbs Causeway

Bristol badly needs more rail connections and services and to get people off the road. This is a great scheme which will reconnect communities to facilities and enable greater job prospects.

As a regular rail user, this improvement is an essential part of Bristol's transport system

I think this would really link Bristol together!! Absolutely go for this

Best wishes.

anything to get cars off the road makes sense and as long as the fares are reasonable people would far rather use public transport to travel into Bristol and local areas.

Trains are so much cheaper than the buses and it means more options for shopping because of the limited selection in Shirehampton.

Choo Choo!

This will help reduce congestion and pollution and help link up the Northwest suburbs.

It would be great to be able to get a train either to Parkway or Temple Meads! It is a big nuisance that we're not on a rail line.

Living in Bradley Stoke I feel cut off from central Bristol, better links would be a great leap forward in resolving this issue.

I have worked in many areas of the country including London. The traffic in and around Bristol is appalling. Access to affordable, reliable public transport for commuters is a must. Can we re-lay the S&D network next please...

Having a proper rail link would connect up bits of the city currently difficult to navigate. My daughter had a very long and circuitous journey from Horfield to work in Avonmouth, difficult, time consuming and more expensive than it should be.
Loop would increase use of trains rather than buses, relieve congestion in the city, lower pollution levels.

With the plans to build UWE Stadium, opening up the entire Henbury Loop to passengers would enable people from all over north Bristol to get the train to Filton Abbey Wood without the inconvenience of changing trains at Temple Meads or Stapleton Road.

if we put a loop line more in the middle of bristol more people would get around easier and appeal to the idea making bristol reconised for there good transport.

This is very important to:

Link Bristol Parkway with West Bristol, to help commuters on the Gloucester, Yate, Bristol line.

Encourage people to use CONVENIENT public transport.

Reduce traffic congestion in and around Bristol

And now that Filton Airfield is being redeveloped, RESERVE SPACE FOR A SHORT RAIL LOOP UP TO THE MALL, to relieve the massive traffic jams up there.
And ... give us an OYSTER CARD like London to make it quick and easy to use any bus or train (and harbour ferry).

It will ease commuter congestion in North Bristol, remove dependency on the overpriced bus service and speed travel times into the city centre and connections beyond Bristol

The loop will enable users of the Severn Beach Line to be able to interchange at Parkway as well as Temple Meads, greatly increasing the effectiveness of the line. Its economics should also be helped as it should provide for more balanced loadings out from the mainline stations at either end.

If the Henbury loop was to be successful and open. This i would use to communat to work on a daily basis

Cities don't just need lines in and out of the centre - they need circular routes so that different areas can connect with each other. If you have to get 2 trains (or buses), one into the centre and one out again, you just wouldn't bother. If there is to be a real alternative to the car, the must be circular routes.

I commute from Stoke Bishop To Abbey Wood daily and would love Sea Mills Station to be connected to Filton/Abbey Wood station. Could we please have more information about what stations are proposed to be in the loop including a diagram if possible, as it is hard to understand how trains would move around the loop, for instance will it be in both directions or just clockwise?

Fill the trains, not the roads

The loop line approach would benefit both customers and operators:
1. Customers, as it would link housing areas (Filton etc) with employment areas (Avonmouth) without changeing in central Bristol
2. Operators, as it would avoid a reversal at Henbury allowing faster transits and better use of rolling stock

The Henbury loop line is essential to rail infrastructure around Bristol and will feed the wider rail network. We don't want to make poor decisions again like Beeching did in the 60's.

Bristol needs better and cheaper public transport!

I may already have signed in which case apologies. If not then I believe we need the loop in order to provide better Public Transport links to our area. The motor car traffic going into Bristol is often nearly grid-locked. People cannot afford to use their cars but have only buses to rely on and the fares are quite expensive if you do not have a pass. We need to avoid isolation in communities and the loop would greatly assist in helping prevent this.

Let's get behind this initiative to get people using public transport and off the road in their cars!

If this loop was put in place I would stop using my car to drive to work and use the train. The buses are two or three times slower than driving but the train would be quick enough to make public transport a viable option for me - please make this improvement a priority in the ongoing transport plans for Bristol. You could solve a large amount of the North Bristol traffic problem in one fell swoop.

Easier, more plentiful rail use is the obvious and cheapest solution to Bristol's dire transport problems.

We need this to enhance the value of Temple Meads for people travelling onward to other parts of Bristol.

There will be many new jobs created around Avonmouth in next few years, and it would be great to make them accessible to people travelling from the city by rail.

We need more stations and more trains.

Having used the Severn Beach line for many years for getting to work .I support the extension of the line to Henbury and Parkway. To give people the chance to enjoy this this lovely route in order to get to work in Bristol. I feel it is taking far too long to implement this great service.

easier to get to schools
gives some parents more options for schools and work

Promoted by Kevin Staples on behalf of Charlotte Leslie, both of 5 Westfield Park, Bristol, BS6 6LT