Tag Archives : rail


Station regeneration plan gets funding boost

The journey to create a better welcome for Plymouth’s 2.5 million rail passengers will be able to start, thanks to the Government cash boost of £43.57 million to the Heart of the South West LEP to help create jobs, support businesses and encourage growth. Plymouth looks set to get around £4.7 million towards the cost […]


Rally behind rail investment plan for South West

Plymouth’s leader and deputy leader have welcomed today’s strategic rail blueprint for the South West Peninsula and said it should be used a rallying call for rail investment to drive economic growth in the South West. Council leader of Plymouth City Council, Councillor Ian Bowyer said: “An incredible amount of work has been carried out […]


Call for renewed campaign for rail improvements

Plymouth’s deputy leader Councillor Patrick Nicholson has called for a renewed and sustained campaign across the region to push for improvements to rail. At Full Council today Councillor Nicholson told councillors that the 20-year plan to ‘Close the Gap’ would be launched and presented to Minister for Transport in Westminister tomorrow. He said: “This is […]


Additional £10 million confirmed for rail resilience in South West

Deputy leader of Plymouth City Council has today welcomed the Government announcment of £10 million for rail resilience in the South West. Councillor Patrick Nicholson said: “Whilst it is reassuring that Network Rail will be able to continue to develop plans into strengthening resilience of the rail line at Dawlish, these are still only plans. […]


Council leader meets transport secretary at launch of faster trains

Plymouth City Council leader has seen for himself how travel times between the South West and London will be improved. Councillor Bowyer was in the capital for the launch of the brand new interCity Express train, where he met the Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughin. The new train is the first of a fleet of […]


Plymouth City Council leader’s response to rail funding announcement

Statement from Council Leader Tudor Evans: on funding announcement for a new study into improvements to the railways between London and the South West.   “I would personally like to thank Great Western Railway for stepping in to fund this study that we so badly need to look at line speed improvements in the South […]


Don’t renege on rail promises Council leader warns Government

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 […]


Council leader presses Plymouth’s case with new Government

Plymouth City Council leader Tudor Evans is making sure key Plymouth issues are high on the agenda of new Government Cabinet members. Councillor Evans has written to key members of the new Cabinet setting out some of the most pressing issues for Plymouth and asking for meetings at the earliest opportunity to discuss them. They […]


Council leader takes new trains fight to the top

Plymouth City Council leader Tudor Evans has written to the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, calling for the urgent replacement of ‘heritage’ rolling stock that is slowing down train journeys to the South West. The Leader is urging the Government to use the imminent award of a new Great Western franchise to […]


Council leader heads to Laira depot to see progress on Wi-Fi installation

Leader of Plymouth City Council, Tudor Evans has been to see for himself how work is progressing on the mammoth task of installing free Wi-Fi on every First Great Western Train in the region. The works to make this happen has involved engineers installing a separate aerial on every single carriage across 53 sets of […]


Council leader calls for minister to replace ‘heritage’ rolling stock

Plymouth City Council Leader Tudor Evans is calling on the Government to urgently replace the ‘heritage rolling stock’ that is slowing down train journeys to South West Peninsula. He has written to Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin urging him to use the imminent award of a new Great Western franchise to address decades of under-funding that has […]


Direct early morning train into Plymouth

The Leader of Plymouth City Council and key city business figures were at Plymouth train station today to welcome a new direct, early morning train service into Plymouth, following the first major redesign of First Great Western’s timetable in Devon and Cornwall for seven years. Arriving at 1033, a full 40 minutes before the previous first direct […]


Transport secretary presented strategic asks …and a map!

Council leader Tudor Evans presented Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin with a map to replace the one he saw on the minister’s wall which entirely missed off Plymouth, South Devon and most of Cornwall. The minister was in Plymouth to talk about strategic transport issues with the city, its MPs, business representatives and the Peninsula Taskforce. […]


Walking and cycling improvements from rail station to Central Park

Plymouth City Council is consulting on proposals to improve walking and cycling links between the rail station and Central Park. The proposals, which link in with improvements recently made around the station itself, will address challenges faced by cyclists and pedestrians, including those with visual impairments. They include: new sections of off-road cycle route on […]


Shadow transport secretary experiences need for rail investment first hand

Shadow transport secretary Mary Creagh experienced for herself why Plymouth is campaigning hard for Government investment in better rail services. The MP started a day long visit to Plymouth by joining Council Leader Tudor Evans to travel from Exeter to Plymouth along the route through Dawlish that was closed for months after storms earlier this […]


Leader welcomes faster, direct morning service for city

Plymouth City Council leader Tudor Evans today welcomed First Great Western’s announcement of an improved service for the South West, providing an earlier morning direct service from London to Plymouth and Cornwall. The first train from London is 40 minutes earlier than now, with a 10 minute faster journey time. The new service will leave […]


Council leader says Whitehall geography blunder could have been avoided

A Department for Transport blunder that placed Plymouth in the North West in an official announcement could have been avoided if the department used a strategic map that included Devon and Cornwall, Plymouth City Council Leader Tudor Evans says. Councillor Evans, who wrote to Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin last week asking for a progress update […]


Leader warns minister that region won’t accept a ‘make do and mend’ rail line

The main line between Plymouth and London needs to be shorter, straighter and designed for future electrification, Plymouth City Council leader Tudor Evans has told transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin. Councillor Evans has told the minister that ‘a make do and mend’ approach will not be acceptable now work to repair storm damage at Dawlish is […]


Show your support for earlier trains to Plymouth

Businesses and residents are being asked to put their weight behind calls for earlier trains from London. In March First Great Western announced plans to start running earlier trains but wanted to gauge the response from the public and business before committing to a timetable change. The company launched a consultation on the change that […]


Ten-year plan for redevelopment of Plymouth Rail Station

Work to create an exciting 10-year masterplan for the redevelopment of Plymouth Rail Station and the surrounding area is now under way. The 10-year plan, which is one of Plymouth City Council’s 100 pledges, will be developed in partnership with station owner Network Rail, station operator First Great Western and Plymouth University. As well as […]