Passenger numbers on the region's community branch lines have topped two million for the first time.
Many services have seen demand grow by almost 50% in the past six years.
The Tarka, Maritime and St Ives lines have all had more than half a million passengers using those routes last year.
Julian Crow is from First Great Western:
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