New rail strategy proposes a host of improvements to the Barnstaple to Exeter line in the next 10 years

Enlarging Barnstaple Station and making it gateway to North Devon is among the aims of a new strategy published by rail enthusiasts.

The Tarka Rail Association has produced a list of major improvements it would like to see on the Tarka Line in the next 10 years.

The 2016 – 2025 Strategy for the Exeter to Barnstaple Rail Line has been put together by the association and proposes a raft of aspirations to make the service better for passengers.

In the next three years it is calling for increased passenger capacity, shorter journey times, a through train to London and for the Barnstaple line to be extended to Axminster.

Up to 2025 the group would like to see a twice hourly daytime service, an increase in the size of Barnstaple Station to meet demand, six coach trains at peak times and an hourly Sunday service.

The strategy document replaces the 2013 one produced by the association, which acts as a watchdog but also works with local authorities and operators to bring about improvements on the line.