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Rail firm spends £3.75m to give Tarka line passengers a smooth ride

By NDJNews  |  Posted: April 04, 2013

A train on the Tarka line at Yeoford

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Network Rail said today it has invested more than £3.75m on improving the Tarka Line in North Devon during the past financial year.

During 2012-13, the company has re-laid a total of 3.8 miles of track on the Exeter to Barnstaple line, which it says will improve reliability and performance.

The total investment includes the track re-laying work that has taken place during the recent line closures in November 2012 and March 2013 and drainage works at Colleton Mills, Kings Nympton and Portsmouth Arms.

Tim Maddocks, Network Rail’s customer services manager for the Westcountry, said: “Our aim is to improve performance, reduce maintenance costs and make the Tarka Line a more reliable, safer and smoother ride for passengers.”

The work includes track renewals to provide continuous welded rail and other essential maintenance and repair work on structures such as drainage, bridges and viaducts.

The track re-laying work has taken place at Chenson (0.2 miles), Umberleigh (1 mile), Lapford (1.5 miles) and on the north side of Eggesford (1.25 miles) with the aim of providing a smoother ride for passengers.

Network Rail said the dates and times of all the works were chosen to minimise the disruption to train services and reduce the impact on passengers travelling on the line.

Do you use the Tarka line rail service? Are you enjoying a smoother ride? Let us know by commenting below or on Twitter @ndjournal or on Facebook.com/NDJournal.

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  • Beautiful You Photo Makeover Experiences  |  April 05 2013, 12:07AM

    On Monday this week I had to commute to Exeter from Barnstaple for a Photo shoot but will not be doing it again in a hurry. I had to sit on the floor for two thirds of the journey then had to stand as it got fuller. With only two carriages during the end of term holidays it was a nightmare! I heard other passengers saying this was the last time they were going to use it too! I asked if there was a discount to the conductor but no we had to pay the same as those who had a seat for the hour long journey. But it was a smooth ride

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  • JackWilliamss  |  April 04 2013, 12:54PM

    New trains and cutting the journey time slightly would be good!

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  • DB361  |  April 04 2013, 9:39AM

    The new track is definitely giving a noticeably smoother ride. Just need some better trains now and job done!

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