St Budeaux Victoria Road railway station

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St Budeaux Victoria Road National Rail
St Budeaux Victoria Road
Location
Place St Budeaux
Local authority Plymouth
Coordinates 50°24′08″N 4°11′16″W / 50.40210°N 4.18765°W / 50.40210; -4.18765Coordinates: 50°24′08″N 4°11′16″W / 50.40210°N 4.18765°W / 50.40210; -4.18765
Grid reference SX446581
Operations
Station code SBV
Managed by First Great Western
Number of platforms 1
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2002/03 5,451
2004/05 Increase 5,818
2005/06 Increase 6,146
2006/07 Decrease 5,264
2007/08 Decrease 5,193
2008/09 Increase 5,678
2009/10 Increase 7,026
2010/11 Decrease 6,942
2011/12 Increase 7,780
2012/13 Increase 7,918
History
Key dates Opened 1890 (1890)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at St Budeaux Victoria Road from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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St Budeaux Victoria Road railway station is a suburban station in St Budeaux, Plymouth, Devon, England. It is operated by First Great Western but is unstaffed.

History[edit]

The Plymouth, Devonport and South Western Junction Railway opened its St Budeaux station on 2 June 1890 with its main line from Lydford to Devonport,[1][2] which gave the London and South Western Railway a route into Plymouth that was independent of the Great Western Railway. The station was close to the road to the Saltash ferry across the River Tamar.

A connection to the Great Western Railway was installed east of the station on 21 March 1941 to offer the two companies alternative routes between Plymouth and St Budeaux should either line be closed due to bombing during World War II. On 7 September 1964 the original line into Devonport was closed, and all trains use the former Great Western route and the wartime connection to reach St Budeaux, renamed St Budeaux Victoria Road to differentiate it from St Budeaux Ferry Road, opened by the Great Western Railway on 1 June 1904.[3]

The line from St Budeaux to Bere Alston was singled on 7 September 1970, services having ceased beyond there (towards Tavistock North and Okehampton) in May 1968.

Description[edit]

There is a single platform, on the left of trains arriving from Plymouth.

Trains heading towards Bere Alston must collect the branch train staff from a secure cabinet on the platform before proceeding, as the line is operated on the One Train Working system with only a single unit allowed on the branch at a time. Conversely the staff has to be returned to the cabinet by the driver on the return journey before the unit can leave the branch and return to Plymouth. This operation was shown in an episode of the Channel 5 documentary series "The Railway - First Great Western" in October 2013.

Services[edit]

The station is on the Tamar Valley Line from Gunnislake to Plymouth. Connections with main line services can be made at Plymouth, although a small number of trains continue to or from Exeter St Davids.[4]

Passengers travelling into Cornwall can change at Plymouth, and there are also a few trains from St Budeaux Ferry Road railway station, less than 100 yards (100 m) away.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Keyham   First Great Western
Tamar Valley Line
  Bere Ferrers

Community railway[edit]

The Tamar Valley Line is designated as a community railway and is supported by marketing provided by the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership. Two pubs on the banks of the River Tamar at St Budeaux are part of the Tamar Valley Line rail ale trail, which is designed to promote the use of the line. The line is part of the Dartmoor Sunday Rover network of integrated bus and rail routes.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cheesman, AJ (1967). The Plymouth, Devonport and South Wesetern Junction Railway. Blandford Forum: Oakwood Press. 
  2. ^ Crombleholme, Roger; Gibson, Bryan; Stickey, Douglas; Whetmath, CFD (1967). Callington Railways. Brackenll: Forge Books. 
  3. ^ Oakley, Mike (2007). Devon Railway Stations. Wimbourne: The Dovecote Press. ISBN 978-1-904349-55-6. 
  4. ^ "National Rail Timetable 139 (Winter 2007)" (PDF). Network Rail. 
  5. ^ Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership (2006), Tamar Valley Line Rail Ale Trail

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