Connect Bude

Campaigning to re-connect Bude and Holsworthy

Media & Press

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  • Our mission at Connect Bude is to reconnect Bude and Holsworthy to the National Rail Network, initially via Okehampton.
  • We are a volunteer-ran campaign group established in 2016
  • We are fast reaching 500 members and supporters
  • We are supported by our local town and parish councils along the future rail route
  • A North Cornwall and West Devon connection would be serving +40k residents and +285k visitors a year
  • The lack of regional connectivity inhibits access to work, education, health, leasure, and culture; especially for those without private transport.
  • This is evidenced by the fact that Bude suffers a net loss of young people (15 to 24), with those staying more likely to be on benefits than the average
  • The original rail route opened in 1898 and was closed in 1966
  • The campaigning of Okerail led to the line from Okehampton to Exeter being reopened in 2021
  • The new hourly service is already a major success with passenger numbers 250% of the anticipated use


We have our YouTube page here.