These are not neglected, little used routes, but ones where our Partnership has painstakingly worked for revival, investing heavily in marketing and station improvements with EU aid. This chimes in precisely with action advocated by Jonathan Bray, yet cuts are being imposed.
The reason is simple. The "safeguards" put in place at privatisation did not protect all these services, and were therefore too weak to maintain provision in the face of tapering public subsidies.
Professor DAVID PINDER
Chair, Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership
University of Plymouth