Topsham railway station

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Topsham National Rail
Topsham
Looking towards Exeter
Location
Place Topsham
Local authority Exeter
Coordinates 50°41′09″N 3°27′50″W / 50.68588°N 3.46401°W / 50.68588; -3.46401Coordinates: 50°41′09″N 3°27′50″W / 50.68588°N 3.46401°W / 50.68588; -3.46401
Grid reference SX966883
Operations
Station code TOP
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  105,717
2004/05 Increase 127,903
2005/06 Increase 138,905
2006/07 Increase 156,153
2007/08 Increase 172,818
2008/09 Increase 183,006
2009/10 Increase 186,056
2010/11 Increase 199,484
2011/12 Increase 0.221 million
2012/13 Steady 0.221 million
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 Topsham from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Topsham railway station is the railway station serving the town of Topsham in the English county of Devon. It is the passing place for the otherwise single-track branch line from Exmouth Junction to Exmouth. Both the loop and adjacent level crossing are remotely worked from the signal box at Exmouth Junction.

History[edit]

The Topsham station topiary hedge in 1969.

The station, with buildings designed by Sir William Tite, opened with the railway on 1 May 1861. On 23 September 1861 a 700 yards (640 m) branch was opened from the south end of the station, which dropped steeply to the wharf on the River Exe.[1]

The station was initially owned by the London and South Western Railway. In 1923 this became a constituent of the Southern Railway which, in turn was nationalised in 1948. Following the privatisation of British Rail it was operated by Wessex Trains but the franchise has now been transferred to First Great Western.

The old station buildings and signal box are now occupied by offices.

Services[edit]

All trains on the Avocet Line from Exmouth to Exeter St Davids call at Topsham. Beyond St Davids they continue alternately to Paignton or Barnstaple. Connections are available at Exeter Central for Pinhoe and stations to Waterloo; passengers for other main line stations change at Exeter St Davids.

The station is part of the new Penalty Fare Zone, where passengers could be charged a £20 penalty fare if a ticket is not purchased prior to joining the train. It is unstaffed, with a computerised ticket machine on the Exeter-bound platform. The only way to cross between platforms is the adjacent road crossing, closed when trains are approaching and in the station, so extra time should be budgeted if buying an Exmouth ticket, as it is possible to be trapped on the wrong side of the line.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Exton   First Great Western
Avocet Line
  Digby and Sowton

References[edit]

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