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Cornwall Rail Investment Calls

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 3:26pm 22nd March 2012 (Updated 3:36pm 22nd March 2012)

Ministers are told Cornwall needs better trains, more services and cheaper tickets.

Officials have been having their say, as the First Great Western franchise comes up for renewal.

Councillors want more investment to build on recent passenger growth and branch line improvements.

Further investment for Cornwall’s rail network will build on the success of recent passenger growth and branch line improvements, Cornwall Councillors have told Government.

In responding to the Department for Transport consultation on the Great Western Franchise Replacement, councillors have made several suggestions which they believe will lead to significant benefits for local residents and businesses.  
 
Graeme Hicks is the council's lead for Highways and Transportation:

"We want to build on the success we have achieved on the railway in Cornwall over the last ten years. Recent improvements to stations and more frequent rail services have created a huge growth in the number of people travelling by train in Cornwall.

"Our desire is for a much improved rail service for the people of Cornwall and its visitors; one that takes people where they want to go at regular times, provides good value for money and is easy to access. We have to ensure that the railway is a desirable alternative to private car use."

Corwall Cabinet member for Economy and Regeneration, Chris Ridgers, adds: "

"From a  business perspective, improved rail services are key for Cornwall in facilitating economic growth, by providing accessibility to economic markets and linking people to jobs.

"The railway promotes connectivity between Cornwall and the rest of the country to ensure businesses of a high quality are both attracted to Cornwall and are able to sustain and do business."
 

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