Dartmoor bus between Okehampton and Gunnislake on summer Sundays

17th May 2019
Brentor Church - licensed from Shutterstock
New for 2019, have a summer Sunday day out on Dartmoor thanks to a new bus connecting with trains. Every Sunday until 8 September, the bus will run between Okehampton station and Lydford,  Lydford Gorge, Brentor,  Tavistock and Gunnislake station. It will link in with some Exeter–Okehampton and Gunnislake–Plymouth trains and pass the main entrance to Lydford Gorge. Read more

Free wi-fi at Barnstaple station

7th May 2019
Barnstaple railway station now has free wi-fi throughout the station thanks to a partnership between the Tarka Rail Association, Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership and GWR. The wi-fi equipment has been supplied by local company Lineal Software Solutions of The Strand, Barnstaple. Read more

Truro station clock restored

7th May 2019
The clock on platform 2 at Truro station was in need of TLC, having stopped being a reliable timekeeper (and hence having to be stopped) and with its casing filthy from decades of diesel fumes. GWR Station Manager Lee Goodson and his staff were determined to get the clock restored inside and out and asked the Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership for help with funding. Read more

New Looe Valley Line Heritage Centre to be set up at Liskeard station

18th April 2019
£40,000 funding from Great Western Railway’s Customer & Communities Improvement Fund will see a new Looe Valley Line Heritage Centre created at Liskeard station, following a successful bid by the Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership. The centre will be established in three rooms on Platform 3 at Liskeard station, currently used by the Partnership as a summer information point and shop. Read more

More seats on Looe trains

9th April 2019
Looe Valley Line train at Terras Bridge
There are more seats on the scenic Looe Valley Line which links Liskeard and Looe.  All trains will now be formed of two coaches throughout the year, instead of a single coach outside of the peak Summer holidays. The two coach trains have all been recently refurbished by train company GWR and have free Wi-Fi, power sockets, space for wheelchairs and buggies and a toilet which has been adapted for use by the disabled. Read more

Celebrating the heritage of the Looe Valley Line

2nd April 2019
Steam train at Looe station with polaroids of participants in Looe Valley Line heritage project
We’re excited to be holding a premiere evening on Friday 26th April to show off the fantastic songs and films created as part of the Looe Valley Line heritage project. It’s a free event, but booking is required on our Eventbrite page: Book tickets The project has been funded by Great Western Railway’s Customer and Communities Improvement Fund and the Designated Community Rail Development Fund, a joint initiative of the Department for Transport and ACoRP, the Association of Community Rail Partnerships. Read more

New national rail promotion for Devon & Cornwall

24th January 2019
Launch of Explore Devon and Cornwall with CrossCountry leaflet at Birmingham New Street
A new national rail promotion of Devon & Cornwall has been launched by the Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership and CrossCountry. The centrepiece of the promotion is a "Devon & Cornwall – visit by train with CrossCountry" leaflet.

Help for projects in East Devon – the East Devon Line Community Rail Fund

23rd November 2018
Vinyls at Honiton station
If you have an idea for a project at or relating to the East Devon Line or one of its stations, help is available, including money. The East Devon Line is the section of South Western Railway’s Waterloo – Exeter route in Devon and includes Axminster, Honiton, Feniton, Whimple, Cranbrook and Pinhoe stations. Read more

CCTV and signage improvements on the Looe Valley Line

9th November 2018
Welcome to the Looe Valley Line sign
CCTV cameras have been installed at Looe Railway Station as part of a project which has also seen improvements to signs and posterboards there and at Sandplace and Liskeard stations.

New heritage project on the Looe Valley Line

18th October 2018
Farewell to steam group photo on the Looe Valley Line - courtesy of Paula Arthur
We are pleased to have secured funding for an exciting project to explore and bring to life the rich and varied heritage of the Looe Valley Line. Over the next six months we will be working with the community to tell the story of the Looe Valley Line and its effect on local people and the landscape. Read more

Mobile ticketing campaign

15th September 2018
Illustrated man holds up phone at ticket gate - poster behind says "Wave goodbye to queues"
At the start of September we launched our campaign to promote buying tickets in the GWR app. Our animated video reached more than 60,000 people on Facebook, and was complemented by press ads in nine local newspapers across the two counties, plus digital ads on the papers’ websites. Read more

Promoting watching the Tour of Britain by train

6th September 2018
Cyclists on Tour of Britain - copyright Tour of Britain image library
To highlight the fact that both the start (Cranbrook) and finish (Barnstaple) of the Tour of Britain’s second stage were easily accessible by train, we ran a marketing campaign developed in consultation with our partners at South Western Railway and Great Western Railway. Read more

Rail tourism delivers huge boost to the economy

24th August 2018
Girl looking out of train window
New research published by the Rail Delivery Group has found that three of the South West’s iconic branch lines are leading a £2 billion national boost to the economy through rail tourism. The research uses data from Visit England and the GB Tourism Survey to look at the country’s top tourist destinations. Read more

Partnership shortlisted for four national awards

8th August 2018
ACoRP Community Rail Awards 2018
The Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership has been shortlisted in four categories of the national Community Rail Awards, with the winners to be announced in Glasgow this October. Read more

Onwards travel made easy: Book, Unlock, Drive

6th August 2018
Co-cars vehicle at Truro station and Co-cars car club logo
If you can’t get to your final destination on foot, by bike, bus or train, there is a new solution. Co-cars provide hire-by-the-hour cars at the following railway stations: Exeter St David’s Exeter Central Topsham Newton Abbot Plymouth Truro Falmouth Town Cars can be booked weeks in advance or on the spur of the moment. Read more

Petroc College students give Barnstaple station a makeover

6th August 2018
A group of students from Petroc College have spent two weeks of action at Barnstaple station as part of the National Citizen Service. The students spent a week fundraising for activities, which included a cake sale at the station, then a week making over the planters on the disused platform. Read more

Get our free live departures apps

18th July 2018
Devon app screenshot set against backdrop of train on Dawlish coastal route
GWR has funded a pair of DCRP live departure apps to allow passengers to check their train on their phone before they arrive at the station. The apps (one for Devon stations, one for Cornwall stations) are closely based on a similar app from TransWilts Community Rail Partnership. Read more

Tamar Valley Line study

13th July 2018
Train on the Calstock viaduct on the Tamar Valley Line
The Plymouth – Gunnislake Tamar Valley Line is worth more than £13 million a year to the economy according to a new study, “Valuing the Tamar Valley Line”, estimating that each of the line’s annual 190,000 journeys is worth £69. The £13 million total comes from considering a wide range of ways the railway contributes to the economy and society, including how much rail travellers spend on leisure and retail (£5.5 million), the GDP value of the employment of the line’s regular commuters (£2.6 million) and time and cost savings to passengers over other travel modes in taking the train (£1.5 million).

New Saltash hoardings promote branch line destinations

10th July 2018
richard-burningham-and-richard-bickford-with-station-hoardings
Promotional hoardings highlighting Cornwall’s branch line destinations have gone up around Saltash station building as the latest step towards the building’s eagerly awaited revamp. The 33-metre boards promote beauty spots including Calstock, Looe and St Ives as well as the redevelopment of the station building. Read more

Second wave of posters designed by local youngsters at Cranbrook station

13th June 2018
Community unveils Cranbrook station posters
Last summer, Cranbrook station was transformed by the addition of colourful posters, designed by pupils and students from St Martin’s C of E Primary School and the Cranbrook Education Campus. To ring the changes, a second set of winning posters has just been installed. Read more