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New rail timetable offers better links for Torbay

By Herald Express  |  Posted: July 17, 2014

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Improved train timetable for Torbay has been announced by First Great Western

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COMMUTERS can expect improved train links to Torbay this winter.

First Great Western has announced its first major timetable redesign for a decade with better services for Devon and Cornwall.

For Torbay this means:

A new 7.30am departure from London Paddington to Paignton via Bristol, providing better connections from the North

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The current 7.06am service will now run to Penzance instead of direct to Paignton.

But a new connecting service to Paignton at Newton Abbot will give the same journey time as now

The 11.06am from Paignton to London Paddington leaves slightly later, but gets to London Paddington 20 minutes faster than the current journey time

Faster return service between Paignton and London

The changes will see an improved service for the South West, providing an earlier morning direct service from London to Plymouth and Cornwall, getting to key destinations beyond Totnes 40 minutes earlier than today.

First Great Western Managing Director Mark Hopwood said:

“We have been able to make important changes that have gone a long way to support the communities we serve, increasing the number of services in the south west by 143% since 2007.

“This has been a difficult year for rail travel in the south west and it is great to deliver some good news to follow the speedy recovery from the sea wall collapse.”

The timetable changes were approved by the Department for Transport.

Transport Secretary Patrick Mcloughlin said: “It’s great news that passengers will be able to travel from London into Plymouth and Cornwall earlier and faster. These new services will help open the south west for business, giving a boost to the region’s economy.”

Ben Rhodes, Chief Executive Devon and Cornwall Business Council welcomed the changes.

He said: "The retention of direct London services to Torbay, and the addition of a direct service from Bath and Bristol, the earlier arrival in Plymouth and Penzance are all welcomed"

Subject to approval by Network Rail, the new timetable will operate from December this year.

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  • Gazza05  |  July 18 2014, 10:06AM

    Oh dear, as before, you seem to have got somewhat muddled..... Let me explain: My reference to spurious, missing the point, relates to your response to my initial post - this was making the point as to the high cost of rail fares in the context of extra trains (and likely empty seats etc). Therefore your rather muddled reply went off at a tangent citing Possibility of Road Traffic accidents (quite what that has to do with the subject matter, I don't know). I responded to provide a little balanced redress, and to clarify that this has nothing to do with the issue that I highlighted. However, I think this has been run its course, and thus do not intend posting further on this subject. Have a nice day!

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  • Othursty1  |  July 18 2014, 8:19AM

    You arn't joking about your latest comment missing the point and being somewhat spurious.

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  • Gazza05  |  July 17 2014, 3:36PM

    Errr, eh? I think you might have got that the wrong way round (reading between the lines of what you are intending to put across). However, I feel that to be a rather tenuous argument so to speak. Everything in our lives involves a degree of risk, and it must be said this includes train travel. Their have been some horrific train crashes, with countless fatalities, this includes Underground trains also. I merely point this out by reason of balance. However, this is somewhat spurious, and misses the point of my comments.

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  • Othursty1  |  July 17 2014, 3:17PM

    What you didn't factor into your comment, Gazza05, is that you can't get smashed in a car if you're driving (at least, you shouldn't) where as you can in a train. This is a big advantage of taking the train.

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  • Gazza05  |  July 17 2014, 1:18PM

    All sounds very good...... However, as somebody that travels regularly (planned) between Essex and Torbay, and who always used the train do so (along with my wife), I have seen Advance Fares in most cases having tripled and often quadrupled from what they were previously....... Guess what?, even though we are able to book a couple of months in advance, and theoretically able to obtain the cheapest fares, we no longer use the train - we drive. The approximate fares (return - comprising advance singles both way - cheapest option), the cost is now (including bus connections each end) in excess of £200. Diesel cost? £60 (obviously there are other running costs also, but not that much compared to fares) Plus of course we can travel when we want, and with a much shorter journey time. So well done FGW, the seats we would have occupied are in all likelihood empty....... It will always be beneficial for a "car load" rather than by train, but for one person (let alone 2), with the very cheapest advance fares to still be cheaper to drive?? Sheer madness.

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