Portishead rail project updates

Ashton Vale Industrial Estate and Pill Station consultation report

In February and March 2016 we consulted on Pill Station, and alternative access to Ashton Vale Industrial Estate. The consultations ran for 28 days and drop-in exhibitions were held locally. The Pill Station consultation included four options for the station forecourt. The Ashton Vale Industrial Estate consultation included six options for alternative access. The responses to the consultation are set out in the consultation report.

Development Consent Order Stage 1 consultation

Our consultation received a high number of responses and we are feeding these into our outline engineering design. We have completed our analysis of the consultation responses and produced a consultation report.

Station location decision

Following an extensive technical assessment and public consultation the location for the station was confirmed as option 2B. On the corner of Quays Avenue and Harbour Road.

Station options

Six potential station locations were identified and assessed. These were the three locations included in the 2013 consultation and three new potential sites.


We held a consultation on three potential station locations in June and July 2014.

407 people responded to the consultation and made 1014 comments on the three station options:

  • Option 2A – 174 were either strongly in support or some support, 18 were neutral and 149 were slightly or strongly against
  • Option 2B – 213 were either strongly in support or some support, 13 were neutral and 86 were slightly or strongly against
  • Option 2C – 132 were either strongly in support or some support, 7 were neutral and 152 were slightly or strongly against

In relation to the question ‘On the basis that one of the three station locations is selected, would you use the station?’, 91% of people replied Yes.

Level crossing

Following consideration of the technical assessment, the Office of Rail Regulation decided not to contemplate a level crossing at Quays Avenue. Their reasons were:

  • there was no case for exceptional circumstances for a level crossing
  • there are viable non-level crossing options available
  • there are significant traffic issues causing safety risks to the operation of the railway.

They were also concerned about:

  • the likelihood of pedestrians or vehicles blocking the level crossing
  • additional risks arising to pedestrians
  • the likelihood of pedestrians jumping the barriers.

Network Rail

We are working with Network Rail to determine the best operational pattern for the train timetable and how this fits into the existing train network. Improvements need to be carefully looked at as changes in one part of the rail network can cause a ripple effect for other areas.