Feniton railway station

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Feniton National Rail
2016 at Feniton station - view from the west end.JPG
Local authorityEast Devon
Coordinates50°47′10″N 3°17′06″W / 50.786°N 3.285°W / 50.786; -3.285Coordinates: 50°47′10″N 3°17′06″W / 50.786°N 3.285°W / 50.786; -3.285
Grid referenceSY094993
Station codeFNT
Managed bySouth Western Railway
Number of platforms1
DfT categoryE
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2014/15Increase 70,534
2015/16Increase 74,294
2016/17Decrease 69,078
2017/18Increase 71,972
2018/19Decrease 63,808
Original companyLondon and South Western Railway
Pre-groupingLondon and South Western Railway
Post-groupingSouthern Railway
19 July 1860 (1860-07-19)Opened as Feniton
1 July 1861Renamed Ottery & Sidmouth Road
February 1868Renamed Feniton for Ottery St Mary
April 1868Renamed Ottery Road
6 July 1874Renamed Sidmouth Junction
6 March 1967Closed
5 May 1971Reopened as Feniton
National RailUK railway stations
  • Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Feniton from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Feniton railway station serves the village of Feniton in Devon, England. It was opened by the London and South Western Railway (LSWR) in 1860 but is now operated by South Western Railway which provides services on the West of England Main Line. It is 159 miles 24 chains (256.4 km) down the line from London Waterloo.

It has been known by several different names, but from 1874 to 1967 it was Sidmouth Junction while it was the junction for branch lines to Sidmouth and through Budleigh Salterton to Exmouth.


Local railway lines

The station was designed by William Tite and was opened by the LSWR on 19 July 1860, along with its Exeter Extension from Yeovil Junction to Exeter Queen Street. It was named "Feniton" after the nearest village, but less than a year later it was renamed (on 1 July 1861) as "Ottery and Sidmouth Road". In February 1868 this was changed again to "Feniton for Ottery St Mary". On 6 July 1874 a branch line to Sidmouth was opened and the station changed its name once more to become "Sidmouth Junction", a name that it managed to retain for more than 90 years.[1]

On 1 May 1897 a new line to Budleigh Salterton was opened and this was extended on 1 June 1903 to Exmouth. Although the junction for this line was at Tipton St John, Sidmouth Junction was the de facto junction as it was situated on the London main line. A third platform was provided to accommodate branch line trains; this was a terminal bay at the Yeovil end of the westbound platform. It was on this platform that the main two-storey building was situated.[1]

A goods yard and goods shed was provided adjacent to the bay platform. This was closed on 6 September 1965. The following year saw the withdrawal of local stopping trains on the main line, but Sidmouth Junction remained open until 6 March 1967 when passenger services were withdrawn from the branch lines.[1]

The station was however reopened by British Rail on 5 May 1971 as a result of local campaigning by the residents of the expanding village, assuming the original "Feniton" name. A ticket office was erected in 1974 as the original building had been demolished while the station was closed. The platform was rebuilt and lengthened in 1992[1] but is still shorter than many of the trains that call.


The station was built next to the level crossing of the Ottery Road which was operated by the station staff. A signal box was provided in 1875 at the east end of the station on the north side of the line, opposite goods yard. Because it was too far from the level crossing a small signal box was provided at that end of the station to control the level crossing. The main signal box was closed on 21 May 1967 but the level crossing box was retained. The line through the station reduced to just a single track on 11 June 1967. In 1974 the level crossing gates were replaced by lifting barriers; the level crossing box was abolished at the same time and the barriers were operated from a panel within the station building until March 2012 when signalling and level crossing control was transferred to Basingstoke Area Signalling Centre.[2]


The platform is on the south side of the line, east of the level crossing of Ottery Road. It is only long enough for 3 car trains[3] so only the doors on the front unit are opened if the train is longer. The disused eastbound platform still stands but the goods yard site is now occupied by houses.[1]


South Western Railway operate at least a service every two hours between London Waterloo and Exeter St Davids.[4] Due to the short platform at this station, passengers wishing to alight need to be in the front 3 coaches of the train as the platform can only take 3-car trains.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Honiton   South Western Railway
West of England Main Line
  Whimple or
Disused railways
Ottery St Mary
Line and station closed
  British Rail
Southern Region

Sidmouth/Budleigh Salterton branches

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  1. ^ a b c d e Oakley, Mike (2007). Devon Railway Stations. Wimbourne: The Dovecote Press. ISBN 978-1-904349-55-6.
  2. ^ Phillips, Derek; Pryer, George (1997). The Salisbury to Exeter Line. Sparkford: Oxford Publishing Company. ISBN 0-86093-525-6.
  3. ^ Jacobs, Gerald (2005). Railway Track Diagrams Book 3: Western. Bradford-on-Avon: Trackmaps. ISBN 0-9549866-1-X.
  4. ^ "South West Trains 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.

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