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Thousands oppose rail cut plans
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First Group will liaise with the government and industry bodies
There have been more than 3,000 responses to a consultation over cuts to rail services in Devon and Cornwall.

Fewer branch line journeys are planned when First Group takes over routes currently run by Wessex Trains.

The Tarka Line will have fewer services and other South West stations will see services more than halved.

First Great Western said it would study the responses in detail over the next three months to see what changes could be made.

It intends to liaise with the government and other industry bodies.

Many of the responses include petitions signed by hundreds of people opposed to the cuts, but the company said its proposed timetable is in line with the services the government wants to run from December.

Cornwall's Looe line will have a drop in daily services from 26 to 16, and Devon's Ivybridge line from 24 to 10.

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