Network Rail to shortlist firms in early July

Network Rail has said it will draw up a shortlist of firms by early July for a £70m scheme to reopen a stretch of railway for passenger services between Bristol Temple Meads and nearby Portishead.

The work will involve building a new line on a 5.5km long disused stretch between Pill and Portishead on the Bristol Channel coast with the job also including highways and buildings work.

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The line will connect the middle of Bristol with Portishead

The network operator wants firms to send in expressions of interest by 11 June with tenders due to be sent out on 5 July.

Work involves turning the existing freight line into a passenger service with the contract set to finish at the end of June 2024.