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.

Each Carnet is a book of five discounted Anytime Day Return tickets sold through local shops and post offices (find out more about prices and where to buy). 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

Following their introduction in 2004, sales of the carnets rocketed and quickly accounted for a fifth of all journeys made on the line. 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.

Prices and where to buy