Requests from rail user group
MEMBERS of a rail user group are calling for longer trains, quicker journey times and additional services as part of a long-term strategy for North Devon's Tarka Line.
The Tarka Rail Association will unveil the plans at its annual meeting tomorrow at Pathfield School, Barnstaple, at 7pm.
The group, made up of more than 200 volunteers, has made the recommendations in collaboration with Devon County Council.
Proposals include an increase in the number of morning and evening services, lengthening of peak time trains and the installation of additional passing points along the line.
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John Phillips, co-author of the strategy, said it was vital for those involved in the operation of the Tarka Line to take notice of the recommendations.
He said: "There is absolutely no question that the Barnstaple to Exeter rail link is going to be even more vital in the future." John Burch, chairman of the Tarka Rail Association said: "With no plans to address increasing road congestion along the North Devon Link Road, the effective operation of the Tarka Line becomes more crucial by the day."