Friday 24th October 2014
First Great Western (FGW), working in partnership with the Tarka Rail Association (TRA) and Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership, has just announced a “Shoppers’ Special” fare saving off-peak customers 50% on some journeys.

Available from November 1, the fare will enable passengers joining morning northbound Tarka Line trains to Barnstaple to travel for half the regular off-peak day-return fare.

The offer is available from Exeter Central, St. David’s and St. Thomas, Polsloe Bridge, Digby & Sowton and all Tarka Line Stations. The adult off-peak day-return fare from Exeter to Barnstaple will be £4.85 instead of the normal £9.70 and £3.95 from Crediton to Barnstaple, instead of the present £7.90.

Dan Okey, FGW’s Regional Development Manager (West), said: 

“First Great Western is proud to support the communities we serve. Train services are vital to the local economy, which is why we are working with the local community to improve services and to offer greater value to our customers. We are delighted to announce this offer, helping those who fancy a trip to Barnstaple for the pannier market or to the many pubs and walks accessible from the line.”

Passengers may travel on any northbound morning train up to and including the 11:27 departure from Exeter St. David’s, Mondays to Saturdays (dep. Crediton 11:38; Yeoford 11:44; Copplestone 11:49; Morchard Road 11:52; Eggesford 12:08; Umberleigh 12:23.)

Return by any scheduled southbound train leaving Barnstaple on the same day.

On Sundays all northbound trains up to and including the 12:10 departure from Exeter St. David’s are also included in the offer. 
Children (5-15 years) are able to travel at half the reduced fare and railcard holders may also claim their normal discounts. GroupSave reductions are available for groups of three or more adults travelling together.

John Phillips, TRA Chairman noted that “two of TRA’s goals are to encourage better use of lightly loaded services, hence today’s announcement, while tackling overcrowding on heavily used trains. In a few weeks’ time, I hope to address the second issue with details of additional rolling stock being assigned to two of the line's most overcrowded services.”

Like the idea of travelling half-price? Well, you can make a habit of it. “Shoppers’ Special” fares will remain in effect until 31 March 2015.