Partnership-wide news

Double shortlisted for Community Rail Awards

7th September 2021
Community Rail Awards 2021
Two of our projects have been shortlisted for the 2021 Community Rail Awards. Our joint communications and marketing work with Great Western Railway, Network Rail and other partners to promote the upcoming re-opening of the Dartmoor Line (Exeter-Crediton-Okehampton) has been shortlisted in the Best Communications category. Read more

Social Media and Content Officer

6th May 2021
Train on Calstock Viaduct
We’re pleased to be recruiting for an exciting new role at the Partnership: Social Media and Content Officer. The successful candidate will work with us to deliver high quality travel/tourism content. Creating eye-catching and informative blog posts, photos, videos and campaigns, they will inspire even more people to travel on the local rail network.  Read more

New report out today: 600 community rail volunteers and seven local partnerships poised to play a key role in South West’s recovery

31st March 2021
Community Rail in the South West report cover
Members of a growing grassroots rail movement – including in Devon and Cornwall – have continued to strive for communities across the South West and work towards a greener transport future, despite the pandemic, and are looking forward to supporting local recovery. Read more

It’s official – Dartmoor Line to reopen!

19th March 2021
GWR train at Okehampton station
Fantastic news – communities and passengers are to benefit from the reopening of the railway between Okehampton and Exeter as a result of the Government’s ‘Restoring your Railway’ initiative. Following confirmation of government funding, services are expected to restart later this year on the 14-mile stretch of railway – known as the Dartmoor Line – for the first time in almost 50 years, providing a regular, daily passenger rail service between Okehampton and Exeter. Read more

Improved passenger information at four Cornish rail stations

21st December 2020
Next Train Information screen at Lostwithiel station
Next train departure screens have been installed at four Cornish rail stations to improve passenger information thanks to a partnership between Great Western Railway and the Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership. The £38,000 project has seen screens installed at Looe, Lostwithiel, Newquay and St Ives stations.  Read more

What do the new national restrictions mean for travel?

5th November 2020
St Ives Bay Line by WestBahnFilms
St Ives Bay Line by WestBahnFilms Train services are unchanged and continue running as we enter the new national restrictions, but there are new rules about travel. Here’s a quick explainer: You can travel for the following reasons (taken from Gov.uk Read more

Showing the way on the Tarka Line

31st March 2020
Two pieces of colourful artwork, Direction of Travel signs, have been installed at Tarka Line stations, one at Copplestone, the other at Umberleigh. The artwork was designed by Exeter College of Art students Jasmine Liu and Estha Ferris.  Jasmine designed the sign at Copplestone station and Estha the sign at Umberleigh. Read more

Back to the 50s at Perranwell

26th March 2020
Perranwell station on the Truro – Falmouth Maritime Line has gone back to the 50s with brand new replica heritage signage from the period. The chocolate and cream British Railways Western Region signs were one of the aspirations of the very active Friends of Perranwell Station, following in the footsteps of their counterparts two stations down the line at Penmere.  Read more

The GWR timetable change – what does it mean for you?

11th December 2019
GWR train at St Germans in Cornwall - photo by Antony Christie
The GWR timetable change – what does it mean for you? This Sunday (15 Dec 2019) sees the biggest timetable change on the Great Western Railway network since 1976. Journey times will change, with more frequent trains and more seats. Find out what it means for you with our quick summary below. 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 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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