TRAIN trips across Mid Devon are now half-price thanks to a new offer to encourage more people to explore North Devon on the scenic Tarka Line.
Travellers can head to Barnstaple from Crediton and other Mid Devon stations with day return tickets which are £4.05 from Crediton, instead of the usual £8.10. Children aged 5 to 15 get a further 50 percent off, giving families a day out.
The promotion is a partnership between the Tarka Rail Association, Great Western Railway and the Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership.
Richard Burningham, Manager of the Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership, said: “The Tarka Line is one of the South West’s most scenic railways, and this offer gives people a great opportunity to enjoy it.
“There’s lots to do in Barnstaple, from hiring a bike at the station and trying the Tarka Trail, to exploring the historic pannier market. You can also hop on a bus right at the railway station and head out to Ilfracombe and Bideford.”
Trains run hourly through most of the day in both directions (Monday to Saturday, with a reduced service on Sundays). The journey from Crediton takes under an hour. Tickets can be bought on the day.
Mike Day, Chairman of the Tarka Rail Association added: “Increasing passenger numbers on quieter services is one of our main aims. We hope that this year’s offer will be as big a success as previously. In 2014/15 a similar promotion led to 37% more journeys – a fantastic achievement.”
Dan Okey, Great Western Railway’s Regional Development Manager, said: “Great Western Railway is proud to support the communities we serve. We are delighted to announce this offer, helping those who fancy a trip to Barnstaple for the pannier market, out further into North Devon or to the many pubs and walks accessible from the line.”
The £4.05 fare is from Crediton and Yeoford. Tickets from Copplestone are £3.75. Children (5 – 15 years) travel for half these fares. The half-price offer runs until Easter 2017, although fares are subject to a small increase in the New Year.