We’re working to build new stations across our network to help reconnect towns and communities with the railway.These stations will help support local economies, provide access to jobs, and education, boost tourism as well as support new housing developments.
This page summarises the projects Great Western Railway is working on, as well as projects waiting for approval or funding.
Okehampton (The Dartmoor Line)
Opened Saturday 20 November 2021
On 20 November 2021, the Dartmoor Line welcomed its first regular passenger train for the first time in nearly 50 years, reconnecting Okehampton to Exeter and the wider rail network. It was the first line to be reinstated under the Department for Transport’s ‘Restoring your Railway’ initiative.
In May 2022, we improved the initial two-hourly timetable to an hourly service after completion of rail infrastructure work, providing additional capacity to support further growth.
Work to refurbish the station building at Okehampton has recently been completed, providing new facilities, including a café, Dartmoor National Park visitor centre, a shop and toilet facilities.
Reading Green Park
Opened Saturday 27 May 2023
Serving the nearby business park, an expanding residential village as well as Reading Football Club, the station will also help to ease road congestion and unlock growth potential in the south of Reading.
Opened Tuesday 4 July 2023
Located in one of the largest employment sites in Exeter, Marsh Barton station will help to improve transport links to the area for businesses as well as developing residential estates.
Portway Park & Ride
Opened Tuesday 1 August 2023
Built next to the Portway Park & Ride site, it's situated just off the A4 and accessible from Junction 18 off the M5. The railway station will provide quick and frequent rail links into Bristol.
Between Filton Abbey Wood and Stapleton Road stations in Bristol, Ashley Down will provide quick and frequent rail links into Bristol Temple Meads.
These projects are in the advanced stages of planning. Great Western Railway is working with its partners to help agree plans and funding, ready for construction to begin.
Cullompton and Wellington
This scheme is part of the Government’s ‘Restoring your Railways’ initiative and will see the two largest settlements on the line between Exeter and Taunton reconnected to the railway after both stations closed in 1964.
Edginswell lies on the Riviera Line on the outskirts of Torquay. The new station is expected to improve access to Torbay Hospital, nearby business and retail parks as connecting residents in the Torquay Gateway with the rail network.
Phase 2 of Bristol’s MetroWest project which aims to reintroduce passenger services on the section of line between Filton Abbey Wood and Henbury with stations at North Filton and Henbury.
Old Oak Common
Built as part of the HS2 project, Old Oak Common will provide a direct connection between the new railway and the Great Western network as well as the Elizabeth line, providing fast and frequent connections towards Birmingham.
Phase 1b of Bristol’s MetroWest project aims to reopen the 14-kilometre Portishead line with new stations at Pill and Portishead.
Located between Yate and Cam & Dursley in South Gloucestershire, Charfield station will help to improve transport links from the local area towards Bristol and Gloucester.
Other future projects...
We are working with local authorities and rail stakeholders to progress plans for further new stations and lines across our network. Details on projects that progress past the initial stages will be posted on this page.