Dockyard railway station

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Dockyard National Rail
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A train to Gunnislake
Location
Place Devonport
Local authority Plymouth
Coordinates 50°22′57″N 4°10′34″W / 50.3825°N 4.176°W / 50.3825; -4.176Coordinates: 50°22′57″N 4°10′34″W / 50.3825°N 4.176°W / 50.3825; -4.176
Grid reference SX453558
Operations
Station code DOC
Managed by Great Western Railway
Number of platforms 2
DfT category F2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2012/13 Decrease 7,400
2013/14 Decrease 6,970
2014/15 Decrease 6,300
2015/16 Decrease 4,160
2016/17 Increase 4,727
History
Original company Great Western Railway
Opened 1905
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Dockyard from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Dockyard railway station is a Great Western Railway suburban station on the Cornish Main Line in Devonport, Plymouth, England. As the name implies, it serves Devonport Dockyard. It is 247 miles 47 chains (398.5 km) from London Paddington via Bristol Temple Meads.

It is also served by trains on the Tamar Valley Line.

History[edit]

Up platform in 1970.

This station was opened by the Great Western Railway on 1 June 1905, one of many halts built to combat the competition from electric trams.[1]

The Great Western Railway was nationalised into British Railways from 1 January 1948 which was in turn privatised in the 1990s.

Facilities[edit]

The station has basic amenities only: a shelter on platform 1, plus bike racks and timetable poster boards on both sides. No staffing or ticket facilities are available, so intending passengers must buy on board the train or prior to travel. Step-free access is available to each platform.[2]

Services[edit]

Dockyard is served by Tamar Valley Line services from Plymouth to Gunnislake [3] and also by a few trains on the Cornish Main Line to and from Penzance, some of which continue eastwards beyond Plymouth towards Exeter St Davids.[4] Only Tamar Valley line trains call here on Sundays.

Trains only stop on request – this means that passengers alighting here must tell the conductor that they wish to do so, and those waiting to join must signal clearly to the driver as the train approaches.


Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Devonport   Great Western Railway
Cornish Main Line
  Keyham
  Great Western Railway
Tamar Valley Line
 

Community railway[edit]

The railway from Plymouth to Gunnislake is designated as a community railway and is supported by marketing provided by the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership. The line is promoted under the "Tamar Valley Line" name. It is also part of the Dartmoor Sunday Rover network of integrated bus and rail routes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oakley, Mike (2007). Devon Railway Stations. Wimbourne: The Dovecote Press. ISBN 978-1-904349-55-6.
  2. ^ Dockyard station facilities National Rail Enquiries
  3. ^ Table 139 National Rail timetable, May 2017
  4. ^ Table 135 National Rail timetable, May 2017

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