Two schemes in Cornwall to boost rail-related tourism have been announced as winners in a million pound competition funded by the Government.

Compass Holidays has been awarded £75k for a new cycle and rail hub, which will provide bike hire for residents and tourists and help improve access to the countryside.

And Visit Cornwall has been awarded £60k to build on the tourism draws of TV shows such as Poldark and Doc Martin, with targeted marketing to increase the number of visitors to Cornwall, using heritage and community railways along with public transport.

Rail minister, Claire Perry, said: “We want to show the best of British to our visitors and Heritage and Community Railways are part of that package.

“I am delighted that Compass Holidays and Visit Cornwall are two of 17 national winners across Britain. I look forward to seeing the scheme develop, providing another great reason to visit Cornwall.”

The competition offers grants to rail operators for innovative ideas and trials and is aimed particularly at heritage railways and community rail partnerships. It hopes to encourage more tourists and make it easier to explore the UK by rail.