Lobbying to continue for better rail links

Honiton Town Council says securing better rail services for Honiton will depend on funding.

Honiton Town Council is set to continue lobbying to secure better rail service links for the town.

The mayor, Councillor Vernon Whitlock, told members of the public at the annual town meeting on Monday night that he had arranged a meeting with a rail user group in Whimple and Feniton to discuss the matter.

He hoped the group will be able to campaign to get an extra early morning train and one later in the evening, and improve the existing hourly service to a half hourly one.

However, Councillor Whitlock stated: “This depends on funding”.

During the meeting he said it had been a successful year for the council when it came to lobbying issues affecting the community.

Mr Whitlock added: “We have been successful in lobbying against having parking metres in High Street.

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“We are not going to have them during the life of the current Devon County Council as long as they are in office.

“It might change with a new council but we will start lobbying again.”

The meeting heard that the town council will continue to look into issues such as the relocation of Mill Water School, currently earmarked for a site at Bicton College, and maintaining the 24-hour minor injury unit at Honiton Community Hospital.

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