VolkerFitzpatrick to restore railway that closed in 1964


VolkerFitzpatrick will restore a disused railway through North Somerset that closed in 1964. 

The North Somerset line closed in 1964.
Credit: VolkerFitzpatrick
by Rory ButlerFebruary 8, 2023

The firm has been appointed by Network Rail to deliver a new rail link between Portishead and Bristol, as part of the UK Government’s Restoring Your Railway (RYR) scheme. 

As main contractor, the firm will also build stations in Pill and Portishead, under a £6.14 million contract. 

The scheme is financed by RYR, the Department for Transport (DfT), West of England Combined Authority and North Somerset Council. 

The plan to reopen the line is also part of MetroWest, a programme to bring suburban services to more stations across the west of England. 

The design phase, as well as ground and ecology surveys and enabling works, will occur over the next 12-18 months.  

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