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Study into demand for a Plympton Station, and Ivybridge improvements


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Given that the service to Ivybridge originally had a bus link into the town / surrounding areas, one would hope that any proposals would see some more joined up thinking like this (and make the services stay).

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Faced with bus competition, probably not worth it.  These days the commuter catchment area between Exeter and Plymouth is slowly melding together as both cities expand and anyone living in that middle area could easily commute to either.  It is really only practical for rail service if residents of the South Hams for instance, decide to take the train but they are well catered for from Paignton and Totnes so any new suburban service would have to contend with scarce pathing and you know how that goes!  Too bad Brent is not there anymore; could have been useful for Middle Earth!

 

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<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<,The study is an early stage feasibility and demand exercise to see if there is a demand for such a facility in the Plympton area and the improvements in rail services that would be required to justify a new station as part of the Plymouth travel-to-work area to the east of the city.

The study will be carried out by specialist consultants and will look at:

 The potential demand for a new station in the Plympton area and the potential rail service demand into Plymouth and east towards Exeter.

To identify potential sites for a station in the Plympton area and an indication of the likely costs to deliver this station.

To look at rail service levels that would be required to justify a new station at Plympton and to increase patronage at Ivybridge.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

 

Was anything ever accomplished over the past four years?  Narnia excluded!

       Brian

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<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<,The study is an early stage feasibility and demand exercise to see if there is a demand for such a facility in the Plympton area and the improvements in rail services that would be required to justify a new station as part of the Plymouth travel-to-work area to the east of the city.

The study will be carried out by specialist consultants and will look at:

 The potential demand for a new station in the Plympton area and the potential rail service demand into Plymouth and east towards Exeter.

To identify potential sites for a station in the Plympton area and an indication of the likely costs to deliver this station.

To look at rail service levels that would be required to justify a new station at Plympton and to increase patronage at Ivybridge.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

 

"Was anything ever accomplished over the past four years?  Narnia excluded!"

       Brian

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On 20/06/2017 at 20:47, Kris said:

Given that the service to Ivybridge originally had a bus link into the town / surrounding areas, one would hope that any proposals would see some more joined up thinking like this (and make the services stay).


Park and ride services work best where access to the city they serve is difficult by car due to the road infrastructure. 


The problem is that the station in Plymouth is a significant trek from the city centre, plus thanks to the Luftwaffe (and 1960s town planners) Plymouth is equipped with a decent road network and has the grade separated A38 dual carriageway providing easy access from the South Hams area. In fact for Most to get to Ivybridge you have to pass across and / or along the A38 anyway.

 

Meanwhile the location of the new Ivybridge station on the edge of the town means it’s not terribly convent for people heading for Ivybridge itself.

 

If Plymouth wants a rail based park and ride solution then it would have been far better served by a station located at Marsh Mills at the edge of the city and right on the A38. However that still doesn’t solve the fundamental issue of the railway stations poor location and a bus based solution may we’ll be more appropriate.

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On 20/06/2017 at 21:26, brianusa said:

Too bad Brent is not there anymore; could have been useful for Middle Earth!

Proposals to reopen Brent station are like those for the 'Bristol Metro' (don't get me started), unfeasible and a triumph (in both cases) of political wishful thinking over reality!

 

An extremely weak aphid has more chance of pulling the skin off a rice pudding that's been left to harden off by having some Araldite hardener spread over the top than these proposals actually becoming reality.

 

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On 10/10/2020 at 15:12, brianusa said:

Was anything ever accomplished over the past four years?  Narnia excluded!

       Brian

 

Some consultants got an easy payday, some politicians at election time got to claim to be doing something.

 

 

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