Okehampton to Exeter Rail Service Renews
A daily Okehampton to Exeter rail service will be running for the first time in nearly 50 years. This is a step towards increasing the accessibility of shared public transport options across the county. Devon County Council has worked with Great Western Railway, Network Rail and local partners to achieve this, the first project to see services return under the Government’s Restoring Your Railway fund. The service is expected to open in December this year and run every two hours, with plans to offer an hourly service from the end of 2022.
The service will help reduce congestion on the A30 & will be a faster transport choice than car, helping Devon transition away from single-occupancy vehicles and towards more sustainable transport. Connecting central Devon to Exeter will also offer a welcome boost to the tourism industry for the whole region.
How is this helping Devon reach net-zero?
Action T25: Through the Peninsula Sub-National Transport Body, work with government to improve strategic and branch line rail infrastructure and services, including reviewing the reopening of lines and increasing access to rail and integration with other modes of transport. Work with government for required funding.
Reopening the rail-line between Exeter and Okehampton is one piece of the puzzle helping Devon reduce its emissions from transport.