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4:21pm 2nd December 2014
(Updated 4:21pm 2nd December 2014)

The next train to arrive in Cornwall could take less time.

It is claimed journeys might be cut as the government confirms cash to shore-up our main rail links.

The announcement in the wake of the winter storms comes after Pirate FM told you about dualling more of the A30.

Chris Pomfrett from the Local Enterprise Partnership told Pirate FM it is long overdue: "Road investment has probably been neglected down here and certainly rail investment has been neglected. Our trains are all 30 years old and somehow we've had a second class almost transport system down here.

"What Cornwall feels it needs, and does need, is the ability to not talk about buses over here and planes over here but to talk about the whole entity so the buses meet the trains and meet the planes. It's something that I think is crucial if we want to see this economy improve."

Cornish businesses have welcomed the plans to overhaul the rail system.

Ministers say they want to make the network more resilient around Dawlish.

It could mean a new route inland, possibly via Oakhampton.

Peter Watkinson from Statesman Rail in St Erth lost thousands when the tracks were washed away last winter. He said it is still hitting bookings now: "Whilst a lot of the people who were affected last year have rebooked at the moment and only paid a deposit, we are getting enquiries from other people basically making the comment that they're going to see how the winter goes just to make sure the same thing doesn't happen again."

He does not agree with the Oakhampton route but does think it needs to come inland, along the old Great Western line:  "An alternative route would come in very useful because it could be built more of a high speed line. For example anyone driving from Penzance to Exeter, up the A30, takes an hour and a half. By rail it takes three hours. The journey's just far too long."

4:21pm 2nd December 2014

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