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Last Updated: Wednesday, 3 December, 2003, 13:27 GMT
Suburban rail cash boost
A train on the Severn Beach run
Services would have been cut without the funding
A suburban Bristol train service will be preserved, after a new 240,000 subsidy.

The money is part of an agreement between Bristol City Council and franchise holder, Wessex Trains, to maintain hourly services between Temple Meads and Severn Beach.

The new money will come in from April, and will last for the next two years until the new Greater Western franchise is awarded.

The previous contract had been due to expire in March 2004, and services could have been cut in half without the funding.

Performance targets for reliability and punctuality for Wessex Trains must be met in order to receive the full funding.

Councillor Anne White said: "We know the service is popular and our funding will ensure customers continue to benefit from hourly weekday services.

"We hope the new performance targets which have been agreed with Wessex trains will further improve the service for passengers and encourage even more people to travel by train."




SEE ALSO:
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