We’re making improvements to Taunton station

Somerset’s county town of Taunton is a key community on the Great Western route between London Paddington and the South West. The growth in rail and the town mean that we need to upgrade the facilities to keep pace with demand.

Great Western Railway along with local and national partners, including the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership, Somerset West and Taunton Council, Somerset County Council and the Department for Transport, are investing to enhance the station and its interchange facilities including:

  • up to 400 spaces within a new multi-storey car park creating more capacity and making it easier to find a space and catch your train
  • a new ticket office and main entrance on the south side of the station creating better access to the town centre
  • 150 extra cycle parking spaces to encourage healthy and sustainable access to the station
  • an improved interchange for bus-rail connections with more capacity and a priority route to help avoid delays
These improvements will also include an enhanced station forecourt featuring the relocated ticket office entrance, a pedestrian-friendly area for drop off and taxis and with a design that fits with the stations listed heritage to create a pleasant first impression for visitors.

New Taunton Car Park Upgrades
Visual concept of the new Taunton station car park.

What you need to know:

  • construction work will be completed in phases. Locations of some station facilities may change during this time
  • the main car park on the south side (town centre side) of the station will be closed until completion
  • a temporary car park is provided on the opposite side of the station which can be found beyond the Kilkenny Car Park at TA1 1QP
  • access to and from the south side (town centre side) will be closed to all passengers from mid-August – our key dates section below will explain the changes
  • allow additional time to reach the station and find a parking space throughout the works
  • buses will continue to serve the station, however the location of the bus stop for the Minehead service will move. See below for details
  • train services will not be affected by this project, but be aware that other planned engineering work may affect train services during the coming months
Taunton Station Ticket Office Upgrades

Visual concept of the new Taunton station ticketing office.
Taunton Station Upgrades

Visual concept of the new Taunton station entrance.

Ready to open by Spring 2020

Preparatory work for the multi-storey car park started in May 2019 and will continue through to Spring 2020. 

Funded and delivered in partnership with:

Taunton station upgrades funded by our partners

Key dates and changes

Frequently asked questions