Improvements to Tarka Line celebrated by rail association

The Tarka Line at Umberleigh

The Tarka Line at Umberleigh - Credit: Archant

The Tarka Rail Association has welcomed the easing of Covid restrictions this week providing an incentive for more passengers to return to Devon’s railways. 

The Association is also celebrating the news that Network Rail have been continuing their investment in the route during recent weeks with the renewal of a life-expired bridge between Yeoford and Copplestone. 

Renewal of this bridge has enabled the removal of a long-term speed restriction so that trains can now run at 70mph for another half-mile of the route, taking full advantage of previous investment in new track. 

Mike Day, Chair of the TRA said: “We warmly welcome this continuing investment in the Tarka Line and the new increase in speed which will be of great benefit to the reliability of the route. We look forward to further investment in track renewals and crossings that will assist with our strategic aim of reducing journey times between Barnstaple and Exeter to an hour or less.” 

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