Great Western Re-franchising Document — Our Response

Four founding members of North Devon Public Transport Users, Patrick Adams, David Baker, John Gulliver and Graham Prosser — all north Devon residents — wrote a joint response to the Department for Transport’s Great Western Re-franchising consultation, which was open until March 2012.

The response document was widely circulated to all Councillors on North Devon and Torridge Districts, Devon County Councilllors, as well as the local media.

We point out that the Barnstaple–Exeter railway serves a population of 160,000 — 140,000 of which are at the northern end — yet the service is tailored to meet the demands of the 20,000 at the southern end, while the needs of the great majority for a fast and regular link to the outside world are not being met. We suggest ways in which this could be remedied — without increasing the taxpayer subsidy — in fact the subsidy could be reduced and usage greatly increased!

Read our Great Western Re-franchising response document. (You will need Adobe® Reader® or an equivalent program to read this document. You can install it by clicking this button: Get Adobe(r) Reader (r).)


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