A new direct trainline will see Newquay, St. Austell, Truro and Falmouth connected as part of the levelling up Britain scheme.

The awarding of a £50 million grant will enable quicker ease of access going coast to coast for improved education, business and leisure travel. The plans have not come without criticism though, as new Falmouth Mayor Kirstie Edward believes money should be put into addressing the housing crisis.

Douglas Boden, Major Projects Senior Officer of Cornwall Council, said.

“Currently the team are going through the Council internal approval processes and will soon be preparing designs ready to be submitted to the DfT in late summer. If successful this will release funding. The whole project will boost passenger usage allowing a modal shift from cars to Active Travel and trains and buses. Subject to approval and release of funds, the rail side delivery will be complete by next spring and the Active Travel measures later in 2024 or early 2025.”

Looks like plans are on full steam ahead.