Hundreds of residents have signed a petition to bring back railway services to North Cornwall.
The petition, launched by North Cornwall MP Dan Rogerson, calls for Network Rail to provide a route through North Cornwall, which could act as an alternative route out of the county, after the mainline through Dawlish was destroyed by storms.
Thousands of residents and businesses have backed Mr Rogerson’s calls for the Okehampton line to be extended via Tavistock across the Tamar and into north and east Cornwall.
Mr Rogerson said: “Many people fondly remember getting the train from and to Bude, Whitstone, Holsworthy and Okehampton – but sadly many more people can’t remember a time when the railways served our area following their closure in the 1960’s.
“Thousands of local businesses, residents and community organisations have said that they think bringing the railway closer to Bude would be a fantastic boost for the town and the surrounding areas.”
Mr Rogerson went door-knocking in Bude to rally support for the campaign.
He said: “The support on the doorsteps in Bude was fantastic – every extra signature on the petition is another step towards convincing Network Rail that a new line to Okehampton is vital for our area, and that there is support from local people for extending the line to north Cornwall.”
The petition is online at http://bit.do/NorthCornwallRailways