Okehampton trial awaits review

No date has yet been given for a trial service to Okehampton operated by Great Western Railway.

Baroness Sugg said in a Lords Written Reply on May 22 that GWR was developing proposals for both a trial service and a longer-term strategy to reinstate trains on the route from Exeter.

Currently the only GWR passenger trains on the line run on summer Sundays, with the first operating on May 20.

Sugg said that the reopening of the line was listed in the Strategic Vision for Rail published on November 29 last year (RAIL 841).

She said: “GWR is bringing together relevant stakeholders, Network Rail maintenance expertise and specialist consultants to produce a review of the infrastructure condition and a costed maintenance programme. The date for the introduction of regular train services will therefore depend on the outcome of that work.”

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  • AndrewJG8918 - 26/05/2018 20:22

    Be good because GWR will operate with a mixture of Class 165’s, Class 158’s and Class 150’s on the Exeter-Okehampton service.

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  • Steve - 17/11/2018 14:32

    There needs to be an assurance that any possible delays with planning and building Parkway sta. will not delay the new service. There is a station ready and waiting to handle the service at Okehampton, so no need for the service to be tied in with Parkway's opening.

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