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: 2018
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.
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 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!"