Extra carriages added to Maritime Line trains look set to boost economy.
The Maritime Line, an essential part of the Fal River Links transport network, has moved from strength to strength since the introduction of service running every half an hour in 2007.
However, the popularity of the service linking Falmouth and Truro has seen regular overcrowding, particularly at peak times.
Operators of the line, First Great Western, are working with Cornwall Council and the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership to fund the additional carriage which will dramatically improve the service.
The news will be particularly welcomed by visitors to the Fal River area looking for car free days out and easy travel through Cornwall’s most popular visitor destination.
Fal River Cornwall Marketing Manager, Toby Budd, says an extra carriage will help improve the visitor experience of the area and boost the economy.
‘The Maritime Line forms part of the award-winning Fal River Links network of ferries, buses and trains which allow visitors to leave their cars at home and explore the area of outstanding natural beauty surrounding the Fal River,’ he said.
‘This year saw huge success for the Fal Mussel Card and we’re anticipating significant growth in visitors using this service in 2012. With this in mind, an additional carriage on the Maritime Line is great news.’
The Fal Mussel Visitor Card gives visitors unrestricted ‘hop on, hop off’ travel on the ferries, buses and trains for as little as £6.40 a day and helps link some of Cornwall’s top attractions, finest sub-tropical gardens and stunning walks.