ConnectedCities invites Devon to discuss rail ambitions

Devon’s rail ambitions will be discussed at a sustainable growth event on Wednesday (20 May).

ConnectedCities has invited Councillor Andrea Davis, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Development, and Chair of the Peninsula Rail Task Force, to talk about the Devon Metro at its online seminar.

ConnectedCities is a non-political initiative which proposes...

Find out more about plans to protect vital railway artery to the South West

Network Rail is holding a series of community drop-in sessions this autumn to update residents and the local community on its ongoing work to improve resilience of the railway between Dawlish and Teignmouth in Devon.

Three community drop-in events will be held in Dawlish, Holcombe and Teignmouth on the following dates:

• Wednesday 7 November - Teignmouth Library - 19A Fore St,...

Railway trespass doubles over summer holidays

Parents in the South West are being urged to speak to their children as alarming new figures reveal youngsters are twice as likely to trespass on the tracks over summer, compared with winter.

Longer evenings, coupled with the start of the holidays, spell danger for Britain’s youth as UK statistics show trespass doubles in August compared to December.

In 2015, there were 128...

Public discussion examines future transformation of SW rail service

A £7.5billion investment designed to transform rail travel in the South West will be the subject of a public discussion at Plymouth University.

Mark Hopwood, Managing Director of the recently rebranded Great Western Railway (GWR), will be explaining why the company has looked to the past as it aims to build a brighter future for train passengers.

He will also be outlining a...

Council leader urges Government not to renege on rail promises

Plymouth City Council leader Tudor Evans is urging the Government not to renege on promises over funding for investment that is critical to the region’s railways.

The prospect of no more funding for key rail projects for the next four years could have serious consequences on the Peninsula Rail’s Task Force ability to deliver vital improvements to the region’s rail network, he has...

Council leader calls for improved mobile and Wi-Fi connectivity on trains

Plymouth City Council’s Leader is calling on the Government to make mobile phone companies improve mobile and Wi-Fi connectivity on trains between Plymouth and London.

Councillor Tudor Evans has written to Brandon Lewis MP, Minister of State for Housing and Planning, the Oliver Letwin MP, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, and Ed Vaizey MP, Minister for Culture and the Digital...

Frame Your Train competition returns

First Great Western (FGW) has announced the return of the award-winning Frame Your Train competition – running throughout August.

It calls on passengers travelling on First Great Western trains to reach for their smartphone, snap a view from the window, and upload the image to Instagram using the hashtag #FGWFrameYourTrain. All entries are then uploaded to an interactive map, and...

When will we be on the crucial corridor, leader asks council leader

Council leader Tudor Evans has asked for a progress report on calls for the city to be part of the Strategic National Corridor network.

And he is urging the Secretary of State for Transport to include the request as part of a new ‘back to the basics’ look of what UK Plc needs to be economically strong and successful.

Councillor Evans said: “I have written – again – to the...

RMT criticises Government over SW investment

Rail union RMT has pledged an all-out fight over rail investment in the South West after the Transport Secretary cast doubt on the scale of investment in the Plymouth region’s railways by admitting that just £40million has been promised – despite calls for a £7 billion package.

RMT has branded the move a “complete and utter betrayal of the South West despite all the posturing and...

Council leader tells PM "we need action as well as words"

Council leader Tudor Evans has vowed to keep up the pressure on the Government to ensure the region's rail issues stay at the top of Whitehall's to-do list.

He has written to the Prime Minister asking for a progress report on a number of commitments the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Transport made when they visited the city in the aftermath of last month's storm....