Monday, 20 December 2010
Snow on the tracks....
Well the snow has finally reached us here in the West Country over the last week. We are bracing ourselves for heavy snowfall this afternoon and the "light snow showers" were far heavier than expected. Bristol has avoided the worst of the weather but nearby Weston-super-Mare has been badly affected along with the counties of Somerset and Devon.
Todays picture is of a small section of mothballed disused railway track at Portbury, Bristol which is close to where I work. The track, which is still in situ as far as Portishead, forms part of the disused railway line that closed to passengers in 1964 under the second wave of cuts made by the infamous Dr Beeching. The line remained open to freight up to the late 1980's but is now abandoned and overgrown. There are plans to reopen the line by 2015 at a cost of £37 million. The deciding factor will be if EU funding can be secured, but hopefully this will happen even if the odds appear to be stacked against this vital rail link.