Lapford railway station

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Lapford National Rail
Lapfordplat.jpg
As it was in 2006
Location
PlaceLapford
Local authorityMid Devon
Coordinates50°51′27″N 3°48′39″W / 50.8575°N 3.8108°W / 50.8575; -3.8108Coordinates: 50°51′27″N 3°48′39″W / 50.8575°N 3.8108°W / 50.8575; -3.8108
Grid referenceSS726079
Operations
Station codeLAP
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 2,704
2015/16Decrease 2,252
2016/17Increase 2,262
2017/18Decrease 1,498
2018/19Decrease 1,316
History
Original companyNorth Devon Railway
Pre-groupingLondon and South Western Railway
Post-groupingSouthern Railway
Opened1854
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 Lapford from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Lapford railway station is a rural station on the Tarka Line in Devon, England, serving the village of Lapford. It is served by trains between Barnstaple and Exeter.

History[edit]

Lapford in 1913.
Lapford in 1969.

The station was opened by the North Devon Railway on 1 August 1854.[1] In its outset, it only had the one platform, and goods sidings including the Ambrosia milk-processing factory. After a time, a second (northbound) platform was added, but due to space constraints was sited on the other side of the A377 road bridge. A small booking office was located on the platform, but was only staffed during the few minutes prior to a train's arrival. In 1990, the goods yard was the destination of a weekly fertilizer train.[2] Although the second platform has been removed, the loop serving it was still in place but disused. By June 2012, the loop had been removed and the track "straight railed".

A bridge over a river to the south of the station shows that many structures were built to accommodate double track, but between Copplestone and Umberleigh the line has always been single track and those structures have never been used.

Services[edit]

Four trains a day in each direction stop at Lapford, five on Fridays northbound and four on Sundays on the Barnstaple to Exmouth. However it is a request stop – meaning 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. Trains connect with main line services at Exeter St Davids.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Morchard Road   Great Western Railway
Tarka Line
  Eggesford

Community railway[edit]

The railway between Exeter and Barnstaple 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 "Tarka Line" name.

A pub at Lapford has been included in the Tarka Line rail ale trail.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nicholas, John (1992). The North Devon Line. Sparkford: Oxford Publishing Company. ISBN 0-86093-461-6.
  2. ^ Mitchell, David (1994). British Railways Past and Present - Devon. Peterborough: Past and Present Publishing. ISBN 1-85895-058-9. p. 66