Exton railway station

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Exton National Rail
2010 at Exton station - platform looking north.jpg
Location
PlaceExton
Local authorityEast Devon
Coordinates50°40′05″N 3°26′37″W / 50.66792°N 3.44374°W / 50.66792; -3.44374Coordinates: 50°40′05″N 3°26′37″W / 50.66792°N 3.44374°W / 50.66792; -3.44374
Grid referenceSX980863
Operations
Station codeEXN
Managed byGreat Western Railway
Number of platforms1
DfT categoryF2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2014/15Increase 23,078
2015/16Decrease 22,400
2016/17Increase 25,610
2017/18Decrease 24,886
2018/19Increase 27,302
History
Original companyLondon and South Western Railway
Post-groupingSouthern Railway
1861Opened as Woodbury Road
15 Sept.1958Renamed Exton
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
  • Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Exton from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Exton railway station is a railway station serving the village of Exton in Devon, England. It is situated on the Avocet Line which runs between Exeter St Davids and Exmouth.

History[edit]

A station known as Woodbury Road opened with the railway on 1 May 1861; It was renamed Exton on 15 Sept 1958 and became Exton Halt on 28 February 1965 but has since lost the "halt" suffix in common with most similar stations. Its location on the banks of the River Exe was exploited for many years by placing a camping coach in the goods yard that could be hired by holidaymakers.[1]

Description[edit]

The station has a single platform that serves trains in both directions (it is on the left of a train arriving from Exeter) and faces out across the estuary of the River Exe.

The platform is much lower than usual in the United Kingdom which leads to a significant step up into the trains. This is difficult for the less mobile or for people with luggage, also while all trains carry wheelchair ramps, it is not possible to use them here. Requests to Railtrack and Network Rail to raise the platform have so far been unsuccessful.[citation needed]

Services[edit]

About half the trains on the Avocet Line from Exmouth to Exeter St Davids and Paignton call at Exton 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.

Connections are available at Exeter Central for Barnstaple also Honiton and other stations to Waterloo; passengers for other main line stations change at St Davids.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Topsham   Great Western Railway
Avocet Line
  Lympstone Commando

References[edit]

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