More than £40 million of funding was announced in March 3rd’s Budget to reinstate passenger services on the Okehampton to Exeter rail line.
Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak confirmed Government backing for regular services on the line, which received a warm welcome in Devon and Cornwall.
The investment will aim to improve transport links between communities and create employment opportunities across the county.
Devon County Council has supported the Okehampton line over the past couple of decades with the summer Sunday service to and from Exeter, demonstrating its commitment to seeing this line brought back into regular weekday service.
Scott Mann MP said:
“I am really pleased that the Government has announced confirmation of the £40.5m of funding in the budget to enable services to recommence between Exeter and Okehampton later this year.
“The second rail line supporting Cornwall closed almost 50 years ago; but returning regular, daily services to this line has been a long-held ambition of mine and an election pledge in 2019.
“With a combination of rail and much-improved bus services, constituents in the most remote parts of North Cornwall will now have significantly more access to the national rail network.”
Let’s hope super speedy shuttle bus services (or other initiatives) are made available to get people from Bude to Okehampton – and back.