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Train service could run to town centre

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: June 26, 2013

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A REGULAR passenger train service could be reintroduced to the centre of Bodmin after the proposal received a positive response from Transport Minister Simon Burns.

During a House of Commons debate, North Cornwall MP Dan Rogerson asked the Government to reintroduce rail services to Bodmin town centre and create a regular service to Okehampton to bring a rail link closer to the Launceston and Bude areas.

Cornwall Council is also looking at the possibility of bringing daily network passenger trains to Bodmin General, using the same track as steam train operators the Bodmin and Wenford Railway.

"Along with Cornwall Council I will be continuing to work to reinstate services to Bodmin General station," said Mr Rogerson.

"This would be a huge boost for Bodmin in terms of jobs, investment and tourism.

"It would also help people in Bodmin access opportunities further afield by linking the town centre to the existing railway services in Cornwall."

Mr Rogerson raised the possibility of the new Great Western franchise for rail services in Cornwall and the South West – due to begin in July 2016 – running more services to Okehampton, to bring rail services nearer to Bude, Launceston and the far north and east of the duchy.

There is currently only a mainline service to Okehampton on Sundays in the summer months.

He also discussed the potential for an Okehampton Parkway station near the A30, to make it easier for local people, businesses and tourists to get to and from North Cornwall.

Speaking after the debate, Mr Rogerson said: "The Transport Minister was supportive about the proposals for bringing rail services back to Bodmin town centre."

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