Welcoming the news


Find out how much today’s announcement means for both the local community and the region. Watch our interviews with a wide range of partners, from Mel Stride MP to local Okerail campaigner Dr Michael Ireland.

It’s thanks to this great partnership of different organisations and voices that today’s announcement has been made possible.

Mel Stride, MP for Central Devon

Dr Michael Ireland, Okerail

Cllr Andrea Davis, Devon County Council

Christian Irwin, Network Rail

Matt Barnes, GWR

Richard Burningham, Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership

Phil Coupland, Aggregate Director, South at Aggregate Industries:

“Aggregate Industries, as the owner of Meldon Quarry, knows the importance of sustainable transport to communities and businesses alike. The importance of this section of rail to the local community cannot be understated and we are delighted that the passenger rail service between Exeter and Okehampton is going ahead.

“We have worked hard with Network Rail and other stakeholders to get to this point, and we are very happy that this much missed route will soon be back up and running.”