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Railcard for Devon and Cornwall residents goes digital – RailAdvent

Railcard for Devon and Cornwall residents goes digital – RailAdvent

Local residents aged 16+ can now purchase the Devon and Cornwall railcard, download it to their phone and use it to obtain discounts on some standard class fares.

The Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership (DCRP) – the Community Rail Partnership for the area – has funded the digitisation of the railcard. Passengers who prefer in-person purchases will still be able to buy the railcard from staffed stations in the two counties. It costs twelve pounds per year.

To buy your digital Devon and Cornwall Railcard, or for more information, click here to visit the GWR website.

GWR Regional Growth Manager David Whiteway; Devon County Council’s Andrea Davis; and DCRP’s Richard Burningham. // Credit: Great Western Railway

The Railcard gives the following discounts:

  • one-third off all Standard class Anytime or Off-Peak tickets for journeys not starting before 0845, wholly within Devon and Cornwall
  • one-third off Devon and Cornwall Rover
  • one-half off St Ives Bay Line Day Ranger
  • one-third off one accompanying adult ticket
  • a flat fare of £1 each, or £2 each per day with a Rover ticket, or Day Ranger, for up to four accompanying children aged 5-15 on the day of travel,

In additional, it is valid on these trains:

Credit: GWR

However, discounts are not available on:

  • Season tickets
  • Advance tickets
  • First Class tickets. You may upgrade a discounted standard ticket at the weekend, or Bank Holiday by paying the usual charge
  • Tickets bought in conjunction with any other special promotion, unless advertised
  • Special excursion trains
  • Bus services in Devon and Cornwall
  • Ride Cornwall (Combined bus and rail ticket)
  • Journeys extending beyond Tiverton Parkway or Axminster
GWR train at Plymouth // Credit: GWR

More information about the two organisations can be found at:

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GWR Director of Sales and Marketing, Amanda Burns, said: “We’re so grateful to the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership for supporting the digitalisation of this regional railcard. It really does offer some great savings to those people living in the two counties who travel on GWR services.

“Mobile ticketing has transformed the way people travel and we hope the move to digital will encourage more customers to purchase this regional railcard and explore some of the fantastic destinations Devon and Cornwall has to offer.”

DCRP manager, Richard Burningham, said: “We have long wanted to make the Devon & Cornwall Railcard much easier to buy and this step forward does just that.  Our thanks to GWR for identifying the opportunity and making it happen and to our partners for agreeing that we could provide the necessary funding.

“Now we want to see a big increase in the number of local people who hold a Devon & Cornwall Railcard.  We will be working hard with GWR and others to bang the drum about the great savings local people can get with a Devon & Cornwall Railcard and how easy it now is to buy.”

Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Environment & Transport, Cllr Andrea Davis, said: “To be able to travel at such low cost across Devon and Cornwall, accessing our beautiful towns, cities and coastal areas while enjoying the wonderful landscapes as we sit back and relax is something we want to share more widely with our residents. Now it’s available digitally, it makes it so much more convenient.

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“Whether it is attending football matches, visiting friends, joining meetings, taking my dog out and even just going out on a train for the pleasure of it, my Devon and Cornwall Railcard is invaluable and pays for itself many times over. Even better is two people can travel on one card, so take a friend along.”

  • June 24, 2023