The Portishead scheme is now fully funded and proceeding through the Development Consent Order process, which has been delayed by about four months due to Covid-19. (Source: Portishead Railway Group, August 2020.)
When the line reopens, there will be two trains per hour in each direction, with services provided by Great Western Railway.
Delays due to the coronavirus crisis mean the first trains on the reopened Portishead line will not run until December 2024. “The development consent order examination for MetroWest phase one has commenced five months later than expected, causing a knock-on delay to the overall delivery program timescales.” – Councillor James Tonkin, North Somerset Council’s executive member for transport.
Source: Opening of Portishead railway line now delayed until 2024, by Stephen Sumner, on BristolLive website (November 2020).