Honiton railway station

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Honiton
Honition station entrance in 2009
Location
Place Honiton
Local authority East Devon
Coordinates 50°47′49″N 3°11′13″W / 50.797°N 3.187°W / 50.797; -3.187Coordinates: 50°47′49″N 3°11′13″W / 50.797°N 3.187°W / 50.797; -3.187
Grid reference ST164003
Operations
Station code HON
Managed by South West Trains
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2002/03  0.234 million
2004/05 Increase 0.256 million
2005/06 Decrease 0.252 million
2006/07 Increase 0.264 million
2007/08 Increase 0.284 million
2008/09 Increase 0.293 million
2009/10 Decrease 0.293 million
2010/11 Increase 0.327 million
2011/12 Increase 0.354 million
History
Original company London and South Western Railway
Post-grouping Southern Railway
1860 Opened
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Honiton from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Honiton railway station serves the town of Honiton in East Devon, England. It was opened by the London and South Western Railway (LSWR) in 1860 but is now operated by South West Trains which provides services on the London Waterloo to Exeter route.

History[edit]

The station was opened by the LSWR on 19 July 1860, along with its Exeter Extension from Yeovil Junction to Exeter Queen Street. The station was designed by William Tite with the main building on the westbound platform, even though this is the side furthest from the town centre. The station was on an embankment on the west side of New Street and the goods yard with a small goods shed was on the south side beyond the station building. Further sidings were provided on the north side of the line opposite the main goods yard. Goods facilities were withdrawn on 8 May 1967.[1]

In August 2009, a new footbridge was erected at Honiton Railway Station replacing an older footbridge. The location of the footbridge moved towards the Exeter end of the station.[2]

It was announced in early December 2010 that Honiton Railway Station was to undergo a phase of several improvements. This phase of £1.4 million improvements set out to provide the station with a brighter enlarged booking hall, new toilets and changing facilities; and also a retail unit. In addition, both platforms were fitted with accessible ramps along with a new waiting shelter to make it easier for all passengers to use the station.[3]

Honiton Railway Station building under refurbishment on 20 January 2011.

The project, funded by South West Trains, Devon County Council, Network Rail and the National Station Improvement Programme has made the station more accessible. As part of South West Trains’ commitment to deliver greener travel, the station was also equipped with shelters, additional CCTV and 1000 new bicycle spaces.

Work on the improvement scheme started in early December 2010 and the completed refurbishment was officially unveiled on Thursday 23 June 2011.[4] To mark the completion, Andy Pitt, Managing Director for South West Trains along with Councillor Stuart Hughes from Devon County Council gathered at the station for a photo and unveiling.[5]

Roundball Halt[edit]

There was, for a few years, a second station in Honiton. It was opened in September 1906 about half a mile from the town station to allow soldiers to reach a rifle range at Roundball Hill, south west of the town centre. It was never advertised in timetables and was demolished early in 1921.[1]

Signalling[edit]

The 1957 signal box which has now been knocked down.

A signal box was built in 1875 at the Exeter end of the station on the south side of the line. This was replaced by a new building on 16 June 1957 which was on the opposite side of the tracks. On 11 June 1967 the line from Chard Junction to Pinhoe was reduced to a single track[6] but a loop line was retained at Honiton to allow trains to pass midway on this 29 miles (47 km) section. The westbound platform was signalled to allow eastbound trains to use it when they are not crossing a train coming in the opposite direction. In December 2009 a new loop was installed at Axminster to break up the section towards Chard. One siding is retained to the west of the signal box which is unusually worked by a ground frame rather than from the signal box itself.[7]

Another signal box was provided at Honiton Incline. This was situated on the north side of the line beyond the 1,345-yard (1,230 m) Honiton Tunnel. The line climbs from Feniton towards Honiton at 1 in 100 (1%) and then continues up to the tunnel mouth a slightly steeper gradients, it then drops at 1 in 80 (1.25%) down to the former Seaton Junction.[6]

In 2012 signalling for the Salisbury-Exeter line transferred to the new signalling centre at Basingstoke. Signals previously controlled by Gillingham, Templecombe, Yeovil Junction and Honiton boxes all now have the prefix SE.

Description[edit]

A modern station building stands on the main platform which is on the southern side of the line. A footbridge to the west of this links the northern platform which has a small waiting shelter. The signal box is at the Exeter end of this platform and the main station car park is situated behind this, however the 1957 signal box closed and was knocked down in late spring of 2012. Honiton Railway Station has recently seen a refurbishment, providing a new booking hall, more CCTV, shelters and increased accessibility. Work was completed on Thursday 23 June 2011.[1][5]

Services[edit]

South West Trains operate hourly throughout most of the week between Exeter St Davids and London Waterloo station.[8]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Axminster   South West Trains
West of England Main Line
  Feniton, Whimple or
Pinhoe
Historical railways
Seaton Junction   London and South Western Railway
Salisbury to Exeter
  Sidmouth Junction

Incidents[edit]

On Sunday 4 October 2009 at 11.45pm, a man escaped injuries after he walked onto the railway line at Honiton Railway Station. Police stated that a train managed to stop without hitting the man. Shortly afterwards, the 33-year-old man was sent to hospital to take a mental health assessment.[9]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Oakley, Mike (2007). Devon Railway Stations. Wimborne: The Dovecote Press. ISBN 978-1-904349-55-6. 
  2. ^ http://www.midweekherald.co.uk/news/new_footbridge_at_honiton_railway_station_1_452927
  3. ^ http://www.midweekherald.co.uk/news/more_investment_at_honiton_railway_station_1_750767
  4. ^ http://www.southwesttrains.co.uk/Honiton.aspx
  5. ^ a b http://www.midweekherald.co.uk/news/new_look_honiton_railway_station_1_931844
  6. ^ a b Phillips, Derek; Pryer, George (1997). The Salisbury to Exeter Line. Sparkford: Oxford Publishing Company. ISBN 0-86093-525-6. 
  7. ^ Jacobs, Gerald (2005). Railway Track Diagrams Book 3: Western. Bradford-on-Avon: Trackmaps. ISBN 0-9549866-1-X. 
  8. ^ "Table 160: London to Salisbury and Exeter" (PDF). Electronic National Rail Timetable. Network Rail. December 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-14. 
  9. ^ http://www.midweekherald.co.uk/news/man_walks_onto_railway_line_honiton_1_453680