A project connecting Falmouth, Truro, Newquay and St Austell by a Metro link has been described as being "full steam ahead" after taking the next step.

The Mid Cornwall Metro scheme has been chosen to reach the next stage of the government's Restoring your Railway programme.

The aim of the proposal, which aims to create a coast to coast through-service connecting Newquay, Par, St Austell, Truro, Penryn and Falmouth, is to reduce journey times and ease road congestion for people living along the route.

The project has been championed by the MPs for each end of the line, Steve Double and Cherilyn Mackrory.

Steve said: “I am pleased to see the Mid Cornwall Metro plans move onto the next stage of the Restoring your Railway programme, and congratulate the team who have been working hard on it to get it to this stage.

“This new direct route will unlock faster, more direct routes for Newquay residents, along with the communities along the way, to get to not only Truro and Falmouth, but also the mainline and beyond, while also bringing more visitors and trade into Newquay’s businesses.

“I look forward to seeing this project continue through the next stage and will continue to work with all involved to help make it a reality.”

Cherilyn agreed: "It was good to see the Rail Minister, Wendy Morton MP, recognise the significance of the Mid Cornwall Metro scheme and accordingly pass it through to the next stage of Restoring your Railway programme.

“This project will allow people in Truro quicker access to the coasts of our beautiful Duchy by rail, and in particular a route for students in Falmouth and Penryn a direct line to Newquay and the many excellent leisure opportunities on the north coast.

“I look forward to the project continuing to gather momentum as we go down the tracks towards a successful outcome.”

Additional funding will now be provided from the Department for Transport to Network Rail, to work with Cornwall Council in progressing the scheme to the required standard.