Introduction of services to Okehampton

Map of the Dartmoor line on white background

What’s happening?

GWR are working in partnership with Network Rail and Devon County Council to reopen the Dartmoor Line from Crediton to Okehampton before the end of 2021.

This is the flagship Department for Transport ‘Restoring your Railway’ initiative that will, for the first time in almost 50 years, provide a regular, daily passenger rail service between Okehampton and Exeter. The railway will also provide better access to and from the wider West Devon and North Cornwall areas.

The Dartmoor Line

GWR operated services will run between Exeter and Okehampton, initially providing a service every two hours, which will rise to an hourly service from summer 2022.

Exeter is a key hub for the wider region and the new rail service will provide access for education, work, shopping as well as other opportunities on offer in the city. Customers will also be able to connect at Exeter St Davids for trains to a host of destinations including London, Bristol, the North of England and Scotland.


Okehampton is a historic town situated on the northern flank of Dartmoor National Park. It also marks the start of The Granite Way, an 11-mile multi-use trail connecting Okehampton with Lydford.

The new service will open up sustainable access to various leisure opportunities in the town and surrounding areas.

For more details of the scheme, please visit the Dartmoor line website.

What you need to know:
  • What is the project about?
  • Why is the line reopening?
  • If the line is in place, why is it taking so long to open the route?
  • What will the train service look like from opening day?
  • What trains will run on the Dartmoor Line?
  • Why is the line not being given an hourly train service from Day 1?
  • Who is funding the reopening of the line?
  • Why don't all trains initially run to and from Exeter Central?
  • What is happening to the station building at Okehampton?
  • Will the reopened station at Okehampton be step-free?
  • What facilities will be available at Okehampton station?
  • What stations will Dartmoor Line trains stop at?
  • Will rail users at Crediton benefit from these services?
  • Will Summer Sunday services operate during the Summer of 2021?
  • During what hours will Network Rail be working and will it affect people living by the railway or using local roads?
  • What will happen to the level crossings used by local landowners and walkers?
  • Will you be replacing the fencing along the entire length of the railway?
  • Will the opening of the route be delayed by Covid-19?
  • Will you provide updates on the progress of the project?