The trackbed seems to be unobstructed from Grovesend on the A38 as far as the south eastern side of Midland Way, where it is covered by a housing estate. It reappears as a linear park that ends at Midland Way close to an industrial estate, with Tesco and its car park beyond.
A proposal to reopen the line submitted by Friends of Suburban Bristol Railways has been rejected on the following grounds:
- Any new station would be too remote from Thornbury town centre.
- The condition of Grovesend tunnel is unknown
- Capacity constraints at Westerleigh Junction.
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Suggestions were made to reopen the Thornbury Branch Line. However, in 2017 the West of England Combined Authority found there would be several challenges in delivering this proposal, as the former rail alignment into Thornbury is now occupied by an industrial estate and there is no practical routing into the town. The station would therefore have to be located on the edge of Thornbury at a significant distance from the town centre, making it less attractive to passengers. The Grovesend tunnel would also need to be reopened, with its current condition unknown, and there would be capacity constraints at Westerleigh Junction. This led to the Authority deciding not to pursue reopening the line. FOSBR continue to advocate reopening the line in the future.
In 2020, the line was mentioned by Railway Gazette International as having potential for future funding from the Department for Transport’s Restoring Your Railway initiative.
Source: Wikipedia – MetroWest (Bristol).
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Thornbury: Luke Hall [MP for Thornbury and Yate] responds, on Friends of Suburban Bristol Railways website