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 (find out more about where to buy carnets). 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.

Find out where to buy Tamar Valley Line carnets.