Tag Archives : trains


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 […]


Council Leader calls for improved mobile 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, […]


From one leader to another

Leader of Plymouth City Council, Tudor Evans has written to the leader of Teignbridge Council, Jeremy Christophers about his concerns over a planning application near to the railway line. An application was recently submitted to Teignbridge District Council to redevelop land at Shell Cove House, on the Old Teignmouth Road in Dawlish. The development will […]


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 […]


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 […]