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Devon ‘Green Main Line’ reopening will transform transport across the South West

Reopening the ‘Northern Route’ throughout from Exeter to Plymouth via Okehampton and Tavistock will provide transformative transport links to large parts of Devon and Cornwall, including direct trains to London, says the group examining a reopened electrified main line railway between Exeter and Plymouth via Okehampton and Tavistock. Tavistock Okehampton Reopening Scheme (TORS) says the…

What are the impacts of the Northern Route?

We’ve talked about potential benefits of reopening the Northern Route, but what are the potential concerns? First, a quick review of where we’re at in the wider scheme of things. Our work is at a very early preliminary stage intended to establish whether it is possible for the full route from Exeter to Plymouth via…

FAQs on the Northern Route

If you’ve got questions on Northern Route scheme, here’s some answers on those we’re most frequently asked. Q: Is this a replacement for the main line? A: Absolutely not. The population centres in South Devon dictate that the coastal railway will always be the primary passenger route in the region. Q: Does this threaten @networkrailwest’s…

Why reopen the Northern Route?

Here’s a quick explanation of the rationale for reopening the Northern Route, copied from our Twitter feed – @NorthernRouteWG. #Dawlish in 2014 prompted extensive calls for the railway’s reinstatement (it was closed as a through route between Bere Alston and Meldon in 1968) to act as a diversionary route when the coastal main line is…

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