Track renewal work at Tiverton Parkway to affect train services for five days

Tuesday 22nd September 2020

Rail track renewal work in the Tiverton Parkway area will affect train services between Taunton and Exeter St Davids between Monday 28 September and Friday 2 October.

Network Rail is carrying out essential upgrades to the track south of Tiverton Parkway station affecting trains services between London Paddington and the south west as well as other services to/from Taunton, Tiverton Parkway and Exeter St Davids.

A reduced number of direct trains between Plymouth, Exeter St Davids and London Paddington will continue to run using a diverted route, not calling at Tiverton Parkway or Taunton. Journey times on trains using this route will be around 60 minutes longer than normal. Customers travelling to or from Torquay, Paignton or stations in Cornwall will need to change trains on most journeys. Customers travelling from Taunton towards London will be served by a two-hourly train service.

Replacement buses will operate regularly between Taunton, Tiverton Parkway and Exeter St Davids although journey times will be significantly longer than normal. Replacement buses will be timed to connect at Taunton and Exeter St Davids for onward rail travel.

Customers travelling in the Exeter and Taunton areas are advised to plan ahead and check their journey before setting off.

With more people starting to use trains again operators are reminding passengers to:

  • plan ahead – travel at quieter times where they can, buy a ticket online and in advance, and book ahead if you need travel assistance
  • consider others – wear a face covering unless you’re exempt, don’t travel if you have Covid symptoms and respect each other, not all disabilities can be seen
  • stay safe – maintaining your distance wherever possible; wash your hands and carry hand sanitiser, paying contactless where you can

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