Stephen Williams MP - working hard for Bristol West

Stephen Williams MP & FOSBR Campaign to Improve Bristol's Local Rail Service

5.53.49pm BST (GMT +0100) Mon 20th Jul 2009

Stephen Williams MP at Redland Station (photography: Claudia Woszczyk)

Stephen Williams MP at Redland Station with a Transport Message from FOSBR

Stephen met with Friends of Suburban Bristol Railway (FOSBR) at Redland Station and took their 'Transport Message' with him to present to MPs on the South West Transport Group.

Stephen shares FOSBR's concerns that transport decision makers have a lax attitude in relation to rail. As FOSBR say, 'It appears that the consensus of opinion by key decision makers is that road transport is the favoured option, despite all the evidence that this alone is not the way forward. Lip service seems to be given to any proposed rail improvement schemes but then, behind closed doors, these are either dismissed or relegated to so far in the future that they will never happen.'

Stephen, together with FOSBR, is now campaigning for further improvements to the Severn Beach Line and is also looking to secure funding for the reopening of a passenger service to Portishead.

Stephen said, 'Improving these services is vital, they will give good value for money and will help stimulate the local economy when the upturn occurs. The environmental benefits are also clear and the move would help sort out Bristol's chaotic transport infrastructure.'

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