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MP Dan Rogerson canvasses support for rail campaign in Bude

By cg_ailsam  |  Posted: March 16, 2014

Dan Rogerson MP doorknocking in Bude

North Cornwall MP, Dan Rogerson door-knocking for rail campaign

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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

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  • RicPou  |  March 16 2014, 9:21PM

    The idea of restoring some of the rail links closed in the 60s is very sound. Devon and Cornwall county Councils, and the relevant MPs need to get their acts together to press for the Okehampton - Lydford - Tavistock - Bere Alson route reopened, and then see which trackbed's are intact to restore the route into North Cornwall.

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  • RicPou  |  March 16 2014, 9:11PM

    This entry is totally irrelevant to the topic on the page; I have complained about this person before. PLEASE BLACKLIST HIM! People like this bring Blog pages into disrepute.

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