Carnet ticket schemes with local shops

A ‘win-win’ project that benefits rural passengers, local businesses and the railway

Tamar Valley Line
2004 – present
Great Western Railway Local businesses
Highly commended, Small Scale Innovation
Railway Innovation Awards 2006

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the carnets in 2014

The Partnership runs a successful Carnet ticket scheme on the Tamar Valley Line.

The carnets were first introduced in June 2004 on the Tamar Valley Line. Each Carnet is a book of 10 discounted single tickets sold through local shops and post offices. These can be used on any train, in either direction, up to a fixed expiry date.

The available Carnets are:

  • Gunnislake/Calstock – Plymouth
  • Bere Alston/Bere Ferrers – Plymouth

Sales of Tamar Valley Line Carnets in particular have rocketed and quickly accounted for a fifth of all journeys made on the line. The number of journeys made on the Tamar Valley Line has risen by 60% since the Carnets were introduced. They had not increased at all in the previous three years.

The scheme provides a convenient way for local residents to buy tickets, and gives people an extra reason to use and support their local shops.

The Partnership also ran a carnet scheme on the Tarka Line until 2018.