St James Park railway station

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St. James Park National Rail
St James Park - FGW 143617-143620 up train.JPG
Location
PlaceExeter
Local authorityExeter
Coordinates50°43′50″N 3°31′20″W / 50.73059°N 3.52233°W / 50.73059; -3.52233Coordinates: 50°43′50″N 3°31′20″W / 50.73059°N 3.52233°W / 50.73059; -3.52233
Grid referenceSX925934
Operations
Station codeSJP
Managed byGreat Western Railway
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryF2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 66,330
2014/15Decrease 64,586
2015/16Increase 72,712
2016/17Increase 87,804
2017/18Decrease 84,214
History
Original companyLondon and South Western Railway
Post-groupingSouthern Railway
1906Opened as Lion's Holt Halt
1946Renamed St James Park Halt
1969Renamed St James Park
National RailUK railway stations
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at St. James Park from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

St James Park railway station is a suburban railway station in Exeter, Devon, England. It is 170 miles 72 chains (275.0 km) down the line from London Waterloo. The station is adjacent to the Exeter City football ground. Great Western Railway manage the station and operate the train services.

History[edit]

A small station named Lion's Holt Halt was opened in the cutting west of Blackboy Tunnel on 26 January 1906. Mount Pleasant Road Halt was opened at the same time to the east of the tunnel but was closed in 1928.[1]

The name of Lion's Holt was changed to "St James Park" on 7 October 1946, the name of the Exeter City F.C. football ground, which is next to the station. The club has adopted the station under the community railways scheme and contributes to its upkeep.

Description[edit]

There are two platforms. The Exeter-bound Platform 1 is about 240 feet (73 m) in length. Platform 2 (for trains toward Exmouth) is very short (about 120 feet or 37 metres) and can only be served by a one or two 20 metres (66 ft) coach train. Longer trains must use selective door opening or single door opening. Plans were announced in May 2019 to extend Platform 2 to fit two coach trains, with works proposed to begin in Spring 2020.

Services[edit]

Most trains that call at St James Park are Avocet Line services between Exmouth and Exeter St Davids. Beyond St Davids they generally continue to Paignton or, less frequently, to Barnstaple. A few trains terminate or start at St James' Park instead of continuing to Exmouth; these use a siding at Exmouth Junction to reverse direction. Four trains on summer Sundays are provided through to Okehampton.[2] South Western Railway services between London Waterloo and Exeter St Davids pass through the station but do not stop; passengers for Pinhoe and stations to Waterloo have to change at Exeter Central.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Polsloe Bridge   Great Western Railway
Avocet Line
  Exeter Central

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (1992). Branch Lines to Exmouth. Midhurst: Middleton Press. ISBN 1-873793-00-6.
  2. ^ "Exeter to Exmouth (The Avocet Line)" (PDF). Great Western Railway. Great Western Railway. Retrieved 3 November 2016.