Cranbrook railway station (Devon)

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Cranbrook National Rail
2015 at Cranbrook station - entrance.JPG
PlaceCranbrook, Devon
Local authorityEast Devon
Coordinates50°45′00″N 3°25′14″W / 50.7501°N 3.4206°W / 50.7501; -3.4206Coordinates: 50°45′00″N 3°25′14″W / 50.7501°N 3.4206°W / 50.7501; -3.4206
Station codeCBK
Managed bySouth Western Railway
Number of platforms1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2015/16 20,404
2016/17Increase 90,458
2017/18Increase 104,602
13 December 2015Opened[1]
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Cranbrook from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Cranbrook railway station serves the new town of Cranbrook near Exeter in Devon, England.[2] The station is on the West of England Main Line between Whimple and Pinhoe stations, 166 miles 15 chains (267.5 km) down the line from London Waterloo.[3] It is the newest station on the line, having opened in December 2015.

Despite being the closest station to Exeter Airport (2.2 miles away), there is not yet a public transport link between the two,[4][5][6] but in 2015 a direct bus route was expected to be introduced after the station's completion,[7] to help improve the town's poor level of bus service.[8]


The station was originally expected to open in 2013,[2] and the 2014 timetables included an additional two minutes for trains passing the station.[9] However, detailed design of the station began only in summer 2014, and construction started that autumn with opening initially due in spring 2015,[10] but problems with a sewer and railway signalling postponed the opening for a then unknown duration.[11] In August 2015, the opening was announced for October.[12] By October 2015, it transpired that the station would not open until 13 December 2015.[13][14][15] The station cost £5m to build.[16]

The station's single platform has a usable length of 150 metres (490 ft)[17] to accommodate the six-car trains (paired three-car Class 159 units) that operate on the route.[18] There is a car park with 150 spaces.[18] The station and its services are operated by South Western Railway.[16] The station is unmanned, however there is a Ticket Machine so tickets must be purchased before travel.


All South Western Railway services between London Waterloo and Exeter St Davids call at Cranbrook, giving the station approximately one train per hour in each direction.[19]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Honiton or Feniton or Whimple   South Western Railway
West of England Main Line


  1. ^ "Cranbrook (Devon) (CBK)". National Rail Enquiries. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  2. ^ a b "First Cranbrook train is delayed until 2015". Express and Echo. Exeter. 18 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Kent / Sussex / Wessex Routes Sectional Appendix Module KSW3" (PDF). 10 December 2016. p. 106. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
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  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 January 2016. Retrieved 14 January 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Network Rail confirm Cranbrook railway station is set to open this summer". Exeter Express and Echo. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  8. ^ "15/0045/MOUT CRANBROOK WEST EXPANSION". Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  9. ^ "New Cranbrook railway station set to open this year". Express and Echo. Exeter. 29 March 2014. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  10. ^ "Exeter, Bristol and Salisbury to London Waterloo timetable" (PDF). South West Trains. December 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 September 2015.
  11. ^ "Cranbrook station faces delays". Express and Echo. Exeter. 16 March 2015.
  12. ^ "Cranbrook's new railway station is set to open in October". Express and Echo. Exeter. 11 August 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  13. ^ "Cranbrook (Devon) (CBK)". National Rail Enquiries. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  14. ^ "Three years on: Date revealed for opening of Cranbrook's long-awaited train station". Express and Echo. Exeter. 15 November 2015. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  15. ^ "Cranbrook train station opens today". Express & Echo. Exeter. 13 December 2015.
  16. ^ a b "Cranbrook eco-town: New £5m station opens". BBC News. 13 December 2015. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  17. ^ "Timetable Planning Rules - Wessex" (PDF). Network Rail. 6 February 2015. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  18. ^ a b "Plans submitted for Cranbrook railway station" (Press release). Devon County Council.[permanent dead link]
  19. ^ "Timetable 20: Exeter, Yeovil and Salisbury to Basingstoke, Woking and London Waterloo" (PDF). South West Trains. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2016.