OFF-PEAK fares across Great Western Railway’s Devon and Cornwall Network rose by 5% on Sunday, June 11. 

Fares to and from Taunton will also be included in the prices increase. 

GWR justified the price hikes by arguing there are ‘designed to help manage shifts in customer demand and encouraging travel on quieter trains,’ while ‘ensuring we are generating a sensible financial return for government.’

The spokesperson added: ‘As part of the current National Rail contracts, all revenue is returned to government and train operators are paid a fixed management fee.

‘The Devon and Cornwall railcard continues to offer one-third off all standard class anytime or off-peak tickets to local residents, for journeys not starting before 8.45am which are wholly within Devon and Cornwall.

‘And off-peak fares still offer a significant discount against anytime fares.’