Mel Stride

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has been briefed by Great Western Railway’s Regional Development Manager Matt Barnes on progress with the feasibility study for the regular commuter service between Okehampton and Exeter via Crediton. Mr Barnes confirmed that they had now received approval from Devon County Council to move forward with the Jacob’s Report (the initial assessment of the project). Further studies on some of the issues the report threw up are now being undertaken including the condition of certain sections of the line. He also confirmed that they are now in discussions with suppliers for a Communications-based train control (CBTC) signalling system.

    Mr Stride said:

    “I am encouraged to hear that progress has been made since I met with Matt in Crediton in February and that GWR is on track to report back to the Department for Transport by the end of this summer. A project on this scale always throws up unexpected challenges but I am very pleased that it seems to be moving forward at a good pace. Given that there have been safety concerns about some of the crossings on the route, the decision to go for a CBTC system – an advanced system which will pinpoint exactly where the train is at any moment to maximise efficiency and manage traffic as safely as possible – is a good move.”

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