More passengers on Tarka Line

PASSENGER numbers on the Tarka Line, the rail link between Barnstaple and Exeter, are up by 15 per cent so far this year. The increase follows the introduction of the line's best ever service in December with trains hourly through much of the day. The T

PASSENGER numbers on the Tarka Line, the rail link between Barnstaple and Exeter, are up by 15 per cent so far this year.The increase follows the introduction of the line's best ever service in December with trains hourly through much of the day.The Tarka Rail Association's new Tarka Line Walks booklet has also helped to boost leisure trips.Figures released by train operator First Great Western show that 107,000 journeys were made on the branch line in the first 16 weeks of the year - 13,900 or 15 per cent more thjan the same period last year.Big increases in use have been seen on all six Devon and Cornwall branch lines this year. Overall, 455,000 used the branch lines in the first 16 weeks, a rise of 60,000, or 20.4 per cent.The Tarka Line and the region's other five branch lines are promoted by the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership, whose manager, Richard Burningham said: "These excellent figures show that more and more people are finding the train a great way to get around for work or leisure, with great value local fares and the best ever train service running on the Tarka Line and the other five lines, too.


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