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. Funding for the £86,000 project has come from Great Western Railway and the Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership by way of a grant from the Designated Community Rail Development Fund which is backed by the Department for Transport and ACoRP, the Association of Community Rail Partnerships. Read more

Celebrating the heritage of the Looe Valley Line

12th 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

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

Celebrating 50 years of the Tamar Valley Line

23rd May 2018
Train on the Calstock viaduct on the Tamar Valley Line
Children will soon be able to travel for free on Tamar Valley Line trains as part of celebrations to mark 50 years of regular direct rail services between Gunnislake and Plymouth.   On Sunday 3rd June 2018, there will be an Open Day at the Tamar Belle at Bere Ferrers station. Read more

Visit Bere Ferrers Spring Flower Show this Saturday

20th March 2018
Plymouth residents are being encouraged to take the train to Bere Ferrers on Saturday 24 March to enjoy the spring colours of the Tamar Valley at the village’s annual Spring Flower Show. Bere Ferrers Spring Flower Show has long been renowned for its daffodil displays and is in its 70th year this year. Read more

Barnstaple’s newest train needs a name

17th February 2018
Train model at Barnstaple station
Name the train to win rail tickets A new train has arrived at Barnstaple station and we want your ideas for what it should be called. Suggest a name below – the best suggestion will win a pair of standard class tickets anywhere on the Great Western network. Read more

Partnership teams up with CAMRA

30th January 2018
Bar runner at the Bay Horse Inn, Totnes
The Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership is working with the South West region of CAMRA and its local branches to promote rail travel and support real ale pubs. The Partnership has produced bar runners (shown above at the Bay Horse Inn, Totnes), posters and beer mats that are being distributed by CAMRA members in local pubs. Read more

Tamar Valley Line survey

22nd December 2017
Train on the Calstock viaduct with speech bubble: "Have your say"
Residents in the Gunnislake, Calstock and Bere Peninsula areas are being asked to take part in a transport survey to help with a new study looking at the value of the Tamar Valley Line to the community. Take the survey All aspects of the line’s value are being investigated including the access it provides local people to employment, education and shopping in Plymouth, connectivity with the rest of the country and its role in helping tourists visit the Tamar Valley AONB. Read more

Partnership’s achievements highlighted in GWR report

21st December 2017
Screenshot of GWR Community Rail report 2017 front cover and Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership spread
The Partnership’s achievements in 2017 have been highlighted in a new report by Great Western Railway. GWR’s Community Rail 2017 report (available to download as a 1MB PDF) sets out highlights from the last 12 months from each of the Community Rail Partnerships on the Great Western network. Read more

Quartet of branch line videos

20th October 2017
Four students look out of the train window on the Tarka Line (screenshot from video)
In response to the growing importance of video marketing, the Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership has produced a series of short films to showcase the South West’s scenic branch lines. The videos – all under 90 seconds long – have been promoted through targeted Facebook advertising, reaching hundreds of thousands of people and garnering an extremely positive response. Read more

Double national awards success

6th October 2017
Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership team and partners on stage at the Community Rail Awards
The Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership was awarded two first places at the national Community Rail Awards held in Derby on Thursday 5th October 2017. The Carbon Reduction Challenge was recognised in the Involving Children and Young People category and the Seize The Sunday campaign on the Avocet Line won the Marketing award. Read more