Lapford railway station
As it was in 2006
|Local authority||Mid Devon|
|Managed by||Great Western Railway|
|Number of platforms||1|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||North Devon Railway|
|Pre-grouping||London and South Western Railway|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* 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.|
The station was opened by the North Devon Railway on 1 August 1854. 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. 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.
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||Following station|
|Morchard Road||Great Western Railway
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.