St James Park railway station

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St. James Park National Rail
St. James Park
Location
Place Exeter
Local authority Exeter
Coordinates 50°43′50″N 3°31′20″W / 50.73059°N 3.52233°W / 50.73059; -3.52233Coordinates: 50°43′50″N 3°31′20″W / 50.73059°N 3.52233°W / 50.73059; -3.52233
Grid reference SX925934
Operations
Station code SJP
Managed by First Great Western
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2002/03  27,233
2004/05 Increase 27,477
2005/06 Decrease 27,428
2006/07 Increase 31,716
2007/08 Increase 36,354
2008/09 Increase 44,000
2009/10 Increase 46,754
2010/11 Increase 55,910
2011/12 Increase 61,098
2012/13 Increase 64,984
History
Original company London and South Western Railway
Post-grouping Southern Railway
1906 Opened as Lion's Holt Halt
1946 Renamed St James Park Halt
1969 Renamed St James Park
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at St. James Park from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Not to be confused with St. James's Park tube station in London

St James Park railway station is a suburban railway station in Exeter, Devon, England. It is operated by First Great Western. It is adjacent to the Exeter City F.C. football ground.

History[edit]

A small station named Lion's Holt Halt was opened in the cutting west of Blackboy Tunnel on 26 January 1906. Mount Pleasant Road Halt was opened at the same time to the east of the tunnel but was closed in 1928.[1]

The name of Lion's Holt was changed to "St James Park" on 7 October 1946, the name of the Exeter City F.C. football ground, which is next to the station. The club has adopted the station under the community railways scheme and contributes to its upkeep.

Description[edit]

Although there are two platforms, the northernmost platform (Platform 2 - toward Exmouth) is very short (about 37m) and can only be served by a one or two (20m) coach train. Other train formations such as a Class 158 must use selective door opening or single door opening. The Exeter-bound platform (Platform 1) is about 73m in length.

Services[edit]

A train to Exmouth

About half the trains on the Avocet Line from Exmouth railway station to Exeter St Davids call at St James Park. Beyond St Davids they generally continue to either Paignton or Barnstaple. Connections are available at Exeter Central for Pinhoe and stations to London Waterloo as these trains run through St James Park without stopping; passengers for other main line stations change at Exeter St Davids.

Three peak services currently[clarification needed] start/terminate at St James Park.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Polsloe Bridge   First Great Western
Avocet Line
  Exeter Central

References[edit]

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