More Sunday trains announced between Exmouth and Exeter

PUBLISHED: 11:23 06 May 2016 | UPDATED: 11:47 06 May 2016

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Extra trains are to be introduced between Exmouth and Exeter Central stations on Sundays.

Operator Great Western Railway (GWR) says trains will run every half hour through most of the day on Sundays from May 15, continuing throughout the year, instead of the previous hourly service.

A number of trains will run through to Exeter St Davids. All trains will call at Digby and Sowton, Newcourt, Topsham and Lympstone Village stations.

Morning trains to Exmouth and afternoon trains back to Exeter will also call at Polsloe Bridge station.

The improved Sunday service has been hailed as an important step forward in meeting the Avocet Line Rail Users’ Group’s (ALRUG) long-held aspiration for a full half-hourly Sunday timetable on the line.

ALRUG chairman Mike Reddaway said: “We have observed a steady rise in passenger numbers on Sundays over the past few years, creating a demand.

“We are delighted that trains will be running every half-hour all year round, to give passengers more choice on when to travel to work or play.”

GWR regional development manager Dan Okey said: “Helping to support the local community and businesses we serve, I am delighted to announce these extra Sunday services on the Avocet Line.

“A half-hourly service is a long held aspiration and we are delighted to be able to take another significant step towards delivering this improvement; and offering good value when compared with the cost of driving and parking.”

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