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UK first as Devon and Cornwall Railcard goes digital

David Whiteway (GWR), Cllr Andrea Davis (Devon County Council) and Richard Burningham (DCRP) celebrate the launch of the digital railcard at Barnstaple Station.

Thanks to funding from the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership (DCRP), the Devon & Cornwall Railcard has become the first regional railcard in the UK to go digital.

Residents in Devon and Cornwall aged 16 or over can now purchase the railcard, download it to their phone and use it to save up to a 1/3 on standard class rail fares.

The Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership was in the unusual position of being able to fund this important project thanks to money carried forward from the Pandemic, particularly the periods of lockdown.

Cllr Andrea Davis, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Environment & Transport, 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.

“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 that two people can travel on one card – so take a friend along.”

Amanda Burns, GWR Director of Sales and Marketing, 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.”

Richard Burningham, DCRP manager, said: “We have long wanted to make the Devon & Cornwall Railcard much easier to buy and this step forward does just that.  Our thanks go 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.”

Find out more about the railcard here: www.dcrailcard.com.

Keep up to date with future news, projects, and events from the Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership via their website.