Teign Valley Line campaign gathers pace

Heathfield Junction , Devon
Network Rail to consider proposals for reopening Newton Abbot to Heathfield Line
Published Thu, 2017-10-12 12:20

A petition to reopen a section of the Teign Valley Line, which has amassed over 3,000 signatures, is being considered by Network Rail.

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The line was closed to passenger services back in 1958. It finally closed in 1967 following the gradual withdrawal of freight. Parts of the line are still used for the occasional freight train but very rarely. 

The Newton Abbot to Heathfield Railway Revival Group wants to see it reopened as a way of easing transport pressures in the region as a commuter line as well as a line for tourism links. 

The campaign has gathered a lot of support since it was started, and has even drawn the attention of South West MEP William Dartmouth. Network Rail will meet the Railway Revival Group to decide on the future of the line this Friday October 13th. One proposal is for the group to either purchase the line from Network Rail or whether it could be offered it on a 99-year lease. 

Michael Cooke, chairman of the Newton Abbot to Heathfield Railway Revival Group, hopes the line could be transformed into a commuter and heritage route, with its historical connections to Exeter as well as possible tourist trips to Dartmoor. It could also help connect industrial estate workers and residents to Newton Abbot and Torbay. 

Network Rail has previously commented that, although it would be possible to reopen the line for passenger services, significant investment would be needed.

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