Guidance

Severn Beach community rail line

Community rail line service between Bristol Temple Meads and Severn Beach.

Documents

Severn Beach Line: prospectus

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Severn Beach Line: map

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Details

The Severn Beach Line runs from Bristol Temple Meads to Severn Beach. It’s one of the few urban community railways in England. It is used by commuters and others travelling between the city and Bristol’s northern and eastern suburbs.

Train at Montpelier Station, Bristol.
Train at Montpelier Station on Severn Beach Line. Picture by Matt Buck.

Route data

Region South west
Locale Bristol, South Gloucestershire
Stations 11
Length 13.5 miles
Journey time About 37 minutes — one way
Route type Urban / rural
Designation Service
Pilot project No
Designation date 2 April 2008
Partnership Severnside Community Rail Partnership (CRP)
Operator(s) Great Western Railway

The Severn Beach Line serves the following 11 stations:

  • Bristol Temple Meads
  • Lawrence Hill
  • Stapleton Road
  • Montpelier
  • Redland
  • Clifton Down
  • Sea Mills
  • Shirehampton
  • Avonmouth
  • St Andrews Road
  • Severn Beach

Community rail designation

The Severn Beach Line was designated as a community rail service by the Department for Transport in April 2008. The designation covers the line between Narroways Hill Junction and Severn Beach, and the train service between Bristol Temple Meads and Severn Beach. Apart from Bristol Temple Meads, all stations listed fall within the designation.

Network Rail strategic route plan

The Severn Beach Line has been identified as an urban / rural route within Network Rail’s west of England (K) strategic route plan.

The Severnside Community Rail Partnership

The Severnside Community Rail Partnership was formed in 2004. It works with local partners and the train company to help support and develop the line and other local routes radiating from Bristol. The partnership was re-constituted in June 2008 as a community interest company.

Published 16 July 2007