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Falmouth-Truro in line for £7.8m improvement

A new branch line passing loop costing £7.8 million has been given the green light by Cornwall County Council.

The council has signed agreements with Network Rail and First Great Western to delivery the project, which will see a doubling in the frequency of train services from next summer.

The scheme will be delivered using £4.67 million from EU investment, £2.5 million provided by Cornwall County Council and Network Rail contributing £600,000.

Detailed design work on the enhanced rail service has already begun and work is expected to begin on site by the last quarter of this year.

A new timetable will start in May 2009.