Partnership-wide news

More CCTV at Barnstaple station

8th December 2021
Additional CCTV cameras have been installed at Barnstaple station in a joint project with the Stationmaster’s Cafe there. 12 new high quality CCTV cameras and a recording system have been installed, improving coverage of the perimeter of the cafe and station.Where Read more

New interactive history trail launched in Crediton

8th December 2021
A new interactive history trail has been launched in Crediton with the aim of encouraging more visitors to the town by train.  The trail has been put together by the Turning Tides Project which is based in Crediton Station Tea Rooms.The Read more

New “Welcome to the Tamar Valley Line” maps

25th November 2021
Attractive new “Welcome to the Tamar Valley Line” maps have been installed at Plymouth and Gunnislake stations. The maps aim to inspire days out using the train. Local artist Ian Pethers who lives close to Gunnislake station drew the maps with additional design work undertaken by local firm Graphic Words.  Read more

Bere Alston old signalbox restored for Scouts’ potting shed

1st November 2021
The old signalbox at Bere Alston station has been restored, thanks to a Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership project. The signalbox is of historical significance and dates from the opening of the Plymouth – Lydford line in 1890.  The line north of Bere Alston closed in 1968 and two years later, the line from St Budeaux was singled resulting in the closure of the signalbox itself on 7 September 1970. Read more

New Looe Valley Line Heritage Centre opens at Liskeard station

1st November 2021
A new Heritage Centre for the Looe Valley Line has opened at Liskeard station. The centre is in three rooms in the Liskeard & Looe Railway Building which is on Platform 3.  The building dates back to the 1901 opening of the line into Liskeard from Coombe Junction which saw Liskeard and Looe linked by rail for the first time. Read more

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

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).