MP Dan Rogerson has welcomed the announcement that new trains will run between Cornwall and London Paddington from 2018, but said that people in north and east Cornwall must not be forgotten.
The Coalition Government announced today that First Great Western will continue to run rail services in Cornwall and between London Paddington and Penzance until April 2019.
The new franchise agreement will see new inter-city trains to help speed up journeys, create more seats and to improve onboard facilities such as wifi internet access.
North Cornwall’s Liberal Democrat MP Dan Rogerson said that announcement was to be welcomed, but that more needs to be done to bring the railways closer to communities like Bude, Camelford and Launceston in north and east Cornwall.
“The planned improvements to rail services both within Cornwall and between the Duchy and London are certainly a step in the right direction, but people in north and east Cornwall will still be miles from their nearest train station.
“Network Rail are bringing forward plans to re-open the Dartmouth railway line from Exeter to Plymouth via Okehampton and Tavistock. This must be a priority for the next government, to bring regular rail services closer to north and east Cornwall as well as providing an alternative route to keep our area connected if there are any problems on the existing mainline.
“I also want to see a commitment in the new railway franchise to a regular commuter service between Bodmin General station in the town centre to Bodmin Parkway station, and beyond.”