Partnership-wide news

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

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

Experience Poldark app launched

21st June 2017
Fans of the BBC series Poldark can now plan a trip to explore the show’s Cornish scenery – including by train – thanks to a new app. Visit Cornwall’s ‘Experience Poldark’ app was developed with the Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership and recommends Poldark filming locations to visit, travel tips and more. Read more

Winning school announced for Carbon Reduction Challenge

8th June 2017
Duloe School has won an inter-schools competition in South East Cornwall focusing on green transport. The Carbon Reduction Challenge was a competition developed by the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership to promote travelling by train and green transport in general. A class from each of the schools had a free trip on their local branch line, courtesy of Great Western Railway, and then acted as ambassadors within the school encouraging others to think of more sustainable options for travel. Read more

Devon & Cornwall branch lines featured on Scenic Rail Britain

16th May 2017
Scenic Rail Britain logo with St Ives Bay Line train in the background
Devon and Cornwall’s scenic railway branch lines, such as those to St Ives, Looe, Gunnislake and Barnstaple, are included in a new nationwide campaign launched today to encourage people to explore ‘Scenic Rail Britain’. A new website, Scenic Rail Britain, blog and social media channels are being launched that day by the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) and its members at stations around the country. Read more

Bere Ferrers Spring Flower Show

4th April 2017
Plymouth residents are being encouraged to take the train to Bere Ferrers on Saturday 8th April 2017 to enjoy the spring colours of the Tamar Valley at the village’s annual Spring Flower Show. The Bere Ferrers Spring Flower Show has long been renowned for its daffodil displays and there will be over thirty classes of the popular flower as well as other categories such as produce, cakes and jams. Read more

Cornwall’s Daffodil Trains

28th February 2017
The link between the railways and the daffodil industry in Cornwall is being celebrated in Falmouth this month. Exhibition A month-long exhibition running from 2nd-31st March at The Municipal Buildings, The Moor, will explore the relationship between the railways and daffodils growers, tracing it right back to the days of steam. Read more

Coco’s carbon reduction challenge

28th February 2017
We are helping eight primary schools near the Looe and Tamar Valley lines to act as green travel ambassadors – with inspiration from Coco the Cat! Using their powers of persuasion, pupils from the schools will be encouraging their teachers, families and friends to change their normal habits and try the train. Read more

Itineraries

8th February 2017
Rail itineraries are a great way to inspire tourists. We’re keen to use them on the upcoming Scenic Rail Britain website. Here’s an example for tourists in London. We’ve aimed to make it detailed enough to be appealing (with handy links), but without specific times/fares which may change: St Ives Bay Line – example itinerary FROM LONDON: Take the high speed Great Western Railway train from London Paddington to Penzance. Read more

Facebook campaign to promote branch lines reaches 390,000 people

19th December 2016
The Partnership has completed a four-month Facebook advertising campaign to raise the profile of the branch lines and inspire people to take day trips by train. Concluding last week, it reached more than 390,000 people and helped to double traffic to our Great Scenic Railways website. Read more

Partnership recognised at national awards

3rd October 2016
The Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership was recognised in multiple categories at the annual Community Rail Awards held in Southport on 29th September 2016, and helped Great Western Railway to win the prestigious overall award. Organised by the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP), the event saw the Partnership’s ‘Song for the Tamar Valley Line’ project win first place in the Community Art Schemes (Renewable and smaller projects) category. Read more

Annual review 2016

8th September 2016
We’ve launched our annual review. It sets out the highlights and successes of the Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership’s year so far. From South West Trains joining the partnership, to news of our latest innovative marketing and community projects, find out more by downloading the 16-page booklet (6MB). Read more

Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership conference 2016

8th September 2016
We were pleased to welcome more than 50 delegates from the South West and beyond to Plymouth University for the Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership conference 2016. Held on Wednesday 7th September, the event brought together a wide range of organisations including friends of the station groups, rail and public transport user groups, Community Rail Partnerships, local authorities, train operating companies, Network Rail, the Department for Transport, the Association of Community Rail Partnerships, universities, bus operators, Travelwatch South West, Railfuture, Town and Parish Councils and more. Read more

Guest opinion piece in Railnews

6th September 2016
Richard Burningham, Manager of the Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership, has a guest opinion piece in September’s Railnews. The article sets out the great strides that Devon and Cornwall’s branch lines have made since 1991 when the Partnership began. It also explores how this success has been mirrored by the wider community rail sector nationwide, and the bright future ahead. Read more

South West Trains joins the partnership

22nd August 2016
Devon will be more widely promoted away from the county thanks to a new rail initiative as South West Trains joins the Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership. The Plymouth University based non-profit partnership, one of the Country’s largest Community Rail Partnerships, works to promote and seek improvements to services and facilities on rural railway lines in the two counties. Read more

Partnership shortlisted in six categories of national awards

10th August 2016
The Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership has had six entries shortlisted for 2016’s national Community Rail Awards. The nominations are: A song for the Tamar Valley Line (Community Art Schemes – renewable and smaller projects) Linking two schools at either end of the beautiful Tamar Valley Line, this project aimed to broaden the horizons of the children involved by getting them out of the classroom and on to the train to create a song which captured the essence of the line and inspire the local population to visit too. Read more