Exton railway station

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Not to be confused with Euxton Balshaw Lane railway station.
Exton National Rail
Exton
Location
Place Exton
Local authority East Devon
Coordinates 50°40′05″N 3°26′37″W / 50.66792°N 3.44374°W / 50.66792; -3.44374Coordinates: 50°40′05″N 3°26′37″W / 50.66792°N 3.44374°W / 50.66792; -3.44374
Grid reference SX980863
Operations
Station code EXN
Managed by First Great Western
Number of platforms 1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2002/03  12,059
2004/05 Decrease 10,583
2005/06 Decrease 10,255
2006/07 Increase 11,505
2007/08 Increase 12,214
2008/09 Increase 14,790
2009/10 Increase 15,834
2010/11 Increase 19,312
2011/12 Increase 20,182
2012/13 Decrease 19,458
2013/14 Increase 20,774
History
Original company London and South Western Railway
Post-grouping Southern Railway
Opened 1861
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Exton from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Exton railway station is a railway station serving the village of Exton in Devon, England. It is situated on the Avocet Line which runs between Exeter St Davids and Exmouth.

History[edit]

A station known as Woodbury Road opened with the railway on 1 May 1861; it was renamed Exton Halt on 28 February 1965 but has since lost the "halt" suffix in common with most similar stations. Its location on the banks of the River Exe were exploited for many years by placing a camping coach in the goods yard that could be hired by holidaymakers.[1]

Description[edit]

The station has a single platform that serves trains in both directions (it is on the left of a train arriving from Exeter) and faces out across the estuary of the River Exe.

The platform is much lower than usual in the United Kingdom which leads to a significant step up into the trains. This is difficult for the less mobile or for people with luggage, also while all trains carry wheelchair ramps, it is not possible to use them here. Requests to Railtrack and Network Rail to raise the platform have so far been unsuccessful.[citation needed]

Services[edit]

About half the trains on the Avocet Line from Exmouth to Exeter St Davids call at Exton on request – this means that passengers alighting here must tell the conductor that they wish to do so, and those waiting to join must signal clearly to the driver as the train approaches.

Beyond Exeter St Davids they generally continue to either Paignton or Barnstaple. Connections are available at Exeter Central for Pinhoe and stations to Waterloo; passengers for other main line stations change at St Davids.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Lympstone Commando   First Great Western
Avocet Line
  Topsham

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (1992). Branch Lines to Exmouth. Midhurst: Middleton Press. ISBN 1-873793-00-6.