Plymouth City Council leader Tudor Evans has again put pressure on the government to improve the South West's rail links.
It comes after Devon and Cornwall were cut off after the tracks were damaged by storms at Dawlish.
Mr Evans has written to the Prime Minister asking for a new faster line for the region.
As work takes place to repair the storm-damaged railway at Dawlish, residents are calling for a wider sea wall to protect their homes
Network Rail says the track connecting Cornwall and much of Devon with the rest of the UK will be ready from 17th April, if not sooner