New promotion launched to encourage people to visit local pubs by train

21st May 2024
Devon launch of the Salisbury-Exeter Rail Ale Trail at The Vine Inn and Tea Room
A new promotion has been launched to encourage people from near and far to visit local pubs by train. The Salisbury – Exeter Rail Ale Trail includes 19 pubs along the railway that links the two cities, all of them within easy reach of the stations in the towns and villages it serves. Read more

Highlights of our year

10th April 2024
DCRP infographic thumbnail
We’ve produced an infographic of 2023/24 to show our impact: from the numbers that tell our story to our latest case studies and awards. It features projects such as the Looe Pirate Trail, marketing the launch of Pay As You Go ticketing in Cornwall, and our growing presence on TikTok (with 30,000 followers and counting). Read more

A new partnership between Devonport Royal Dockyard and the Railway

27th March 2024
New history boards have been installed at Devonport, Dockyard and Keyham stations as part of a partnership between the Dockyard and the Railway aimed at encouraging more Dockyard employees to commute by train.

Devon & Cornwall Railcard

14th March 2024
Devon & Cornwall Railcard - £12 a year - where will you go?
We've helped make the Devon & Cornwall Railcard the first regional railcard in the UK to be available as a digital product. Local residents can now either store the railcard on their phone, order a physical railcard online and have it posted to them, or head to their local station ticket office to buy the railcard in the traditional way. Read more.

Whimple Primary School’s great “Welcome to Whimple” artwork

14th February 2024
Passengers using or passing through Whimple station on the East Devon Line, the western part of South Western Railway’s Waterloo-Exeter route, will see a bright “Welcome to Whimple” artwork at the Exeter end of the station.The sign is the result of work by pupils at the adjacent Whimple Primary School in a project organised and led by the Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership with the support of South Western Railway. Read more

Artistic Honiton station – new footbridge and shed artwork, plus town map

18th December 2023
in a project led by the Friends of Honiton Station, attractive new artwork has been installed on the inside of the station’s footbridge and a shed on Platform 1. In addition, an illustrated town map has been placed in the station forecourt. Read more

Another award for Okehampton station

12th December 2023
Okehampton station has won another award, scooping the Community Award at the National Railway Heritage Awards in a ceremony held in the City of London last Wednesday. The award was for the heritage restoration of the main station building which was part of the overall Dartmoor Line reopening work. Read more

Celebrating 160 years of Falmouth trains and 30 years of the Friends of Penmere Station

9th August 2023
This August marks the 160th anniversary of trains to Falmouth and 30 years since the Friends of Penmere Station, the volunteer group who look after the Falmouth station, was established.To mark their anniversary, the Friends are holding a Gala Open Day in the station car park on Saturday 26 August between 10 AM and 5 PM.On Read more

Marsh Barton station now open

4th July 2023
Marsh Barton official opening
Marsh Barton station is now open – becoming Exeter’s ninth railway station. A special ceremony was held yesterday at the station attended by Transport Secretary, Mark Harper, in advance of the start of passenger services today (Tuesday 4th July 2023). Opening the station with Mark Harper was Ben Roberts-Mitchell (pictured centre of front row), a local resident who despite having a rare genetic condition has been enthusiastically watching as the station construction progressed. Read more

UK first as Devon & Cornwall Railcard goes digital

23rd June 2023
David Whiteway (GWR), Cllr Andrea Davis (Devon County Council) and Richard Burningham (DCRP) celebrate the launch of the digital railcard
The Devon & Cornwall Railcard has become the first regional railcard in the UK to go digital. Residents in Devon and Cornwall, aged 16 or over, can now purchase the railcard, download it to their phone and use it to save up to a 1/3 on standard class rail fares. Read more

Music trains return to the Tamar Valley Line this month (June)

14th June 2023
For the first time in more than a decade, Music Trains will return to the Tamar Valley Line this month (June).There will be two Music Trains – one on Friday 16, the second two weeks later on Friday 30 June. On Friday 16 June, The Kit Hillbillies will be playing good time bluegrass and acoustic roots music on the 17 33 train from Gunnislake to Plymouth and the 18 38 train from Plymouth to Gunnislake.On Read more

New Summer Sunday Dartmoor bus service

28th May 2023
Summer Sunday Dartmoor Bus - Gunnislake station, Tavistock, Princetown
Did you know? You can now turn a Sunday trip from Plymouth on the scenic Tamar Valley Line into a Dartmoor day out. It’s thanks to a new bus service linking Gunnislake railway station, Tavistock and Princetown on Summer Sundays from 28 May to 24 September 2023. Read more

Carnet special offer on the Tamar Valley Line

3rd May 2023
Train on Calstock Viaduct on the Tamar Valley Line
Carnet tickets on the Tamar Valley Line are currently half price thanks to a special offer. What is a carnet? Carnets are books of five Anytime Day Return tickets. They are valid on any day on any train until 30 June 2023. Read more

‘Pirate Trail’ launched to encourage families to visit Looe by train

3rd April 2023
Staff dressed as pirate and parrot at Plymouth station for launch of Looe Pirate Trail
Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership and GWR staff got ‘decked out’ as pirates at Plymouth station this week to launch a themed treasure hunt to inspire families to visit Looe by train. Looe Pirate Trail starts today (Monday 3rd April 2023) and invites swashbuckling youngsters to “find the crew lost in Looe”. Read more

Large new namesign and garden installed at Pinhoe station

31st March 2023
Pinhoe Community Hub volunteers plant up the new sign and garden. Photo - Pinhoe Community Hub
A large new namesign and garden has been installed at Pinhoe station.The sign and garden have been installed by Network Rail Western Route for the Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership, working with Pinhoe Community Hub, the station adopters.Bradford’s have supplied the bark chippings for the garden free of charge and plants have been funded by Pinhoe Community Hub, thanks to a grant from South Western Railway, and the Rail Partnership. Read more

Ribbon cutting to mark completion of Okehampton station heritage restoration project

21st December 2022
Richard Westlake cuts ribbon at Okehampton station
Project partners, funders and former railway staff gathered at Okehampton station today to mark the completion of the station heritage restoration project, part of the overall Dartmoor Line reopening work. Former train driver and County Councillor Richard Westlake cut a ribbon to open the heritage display in the old booking office. Read more

Destination Dartmoor activity day

15th September 2022
Okehampton station
On Saturday 24th September, Okehampton station will be the setting for Destination Dartmoor, an event celebrating the history of the railway and Dartmoor through film, photography and art. Running from 10 00 until 16 30, the event will feature a number of pop up events throughout the day as well as guided walks from the station.   Read more

North Devon tourism videos launched with film premiere at Barnstaple station

19th July 2022
Rail and bus representatives in front of 310 bus
Hollywood came to Barnstaple last week at the film premiere of four new promotional videos showing how easy it is to explore North Devon by train and bus. The films highlight the easy onward bus connections at Barnstaple railway station to destinations including Ilfracombe, Instow, Bideford and Lynton. Read more

Dartmoor Line wins national award

14th December 2021
Dartmoor Line partners with the award (9th December 2021)
At the national Community Rail Awards, held in Southampton on Thursday 9th December, the Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership, GWR and Network Rail won the ‘Best Communications’ category for their work to inform people about the reopening of the Okehampton-Exeter line and to involve the community. Read more

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