Minister offers sleeper assurances

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Transport Minister Theresa Villiers was in Cornwall this week to inspect some of the improvements to the local rail network.

Transport Minister Theresa Villiers at Truro station
And while taking a tour of Truro Station, which is currently undergoing a £500k renovation as part of the National Station Improvement Programme, she offered assurances to future of the London to Penzance sleeper service.

The MP said: “I am delighted to be able to announce that the Paddington to Penzance sleeper service will be included in the new franchise agreements.

“Together with the improvements to Truro railway station, this will provide a great service to rail customers. The improvements in Truro represent a significant and welcome investment in rail travel in Cornwall.”

And she added: “I was also delighted to see the hard work put into the Maritime Line by the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership and the local community is paying off with a massive 91% increase in passengers since 2007-8.

“This shows the value that local people and organisations can bring to developing the local rail network.”

First Great Western MD Mark Hopwood said: “We were delighted to welcome the Minister for Transport to this important part of our network and to also show her how our branch lines are a vital part of the local community.

“As Truro station’s renovation nears completion, we can promise the community a bigger, brighter station with modern facilities and the level and frequency of train service they expect.”