The problem of overcrowding on school trains to and from Torbay is set to improve with assurances from First Great Western (FGW) that three carriages will be provided during these busy times.
The assurances from Mark Hopwood, managing director of FGW follow a meeting with Teignbridge MP Richard Younger-Ross, who brought up a number of issues, not least the concerns of parents whose children are regularly left stranded on Torre station because they can’t get on the trains.
Richard told the Devon Week: “This is good news. I understand that a detailed study will now take place and all options explored before they get back to me with an update. In the meantime, the children should see a marked improvement.
“Other concerns discussed on behalf of constituents included infrastructure improvements at Teignmouth, Dawlish and Starcross, all of which have been noted and will be followed up with Network Rail.
“FGW also report that the Teignmouth stop has been reinstated on the 7.37 Penzance to Paddington service for the summer timetable, negotiations are underway to replace the Railbuses and they are looking at a service earlier than the 7.32 from Newton Abbot to Penzance.
“There had also been some complaints about the use of Mosquito Alarms. FGW intend to retain it for its deterrent affect, but a timer will be fitted to prevent its use at inappropriate times.
“One good piece of news is a change to discounted fares through internet bookings which some people thought unfair. The additional discount will be removed from January and a wider range of Advance fares is being introduced, the lowest of which will be 10 per cent cheaper than the previous lowest fare, therefore passing the discount on to all customers whichever way they buy their tickets.”
(from a press release)