Updated January 2021

Saturday 10 to Sunday 18 April 2021

What's happening

From Saturday 10 to Sunday 18 April, Network Rail will be upgrading the track between Exeter St Davids and Barnstaple to provide a smoother, more comfortable journey and improve reliability on this important route.

They will also use this time to extend the platforms at Eggesford, allowing for easier access to/from our trains.

To allow this work to take place, train services on the branch line will be changed, with replacement buses operating along most of the line.

Map of the Tarka line full possession in April 2021

Download a larger version of this map HERE

What you need to know:

  • from 10-13 April – buses will replace trains between Exeter St Davids and Barnstaple
  • from 14-18 April – buses will replace trains between Crediton and Barnstaple. Trains will run from Crediton towards Exeter
  • know where to catch the bus – at some locations our replacement buses will stop away from the stations
  • check train times from March – online journey planners will not show the correct train service until early March. We’ll update this web page when everything is ready

Our travel advice:

  • allow plenty of time – Journeys involving replacement buses will take longer than usual. Check carefully before travelling
  • wear a face covering – Unless exempt, you are required to wear a face covering in order to travel on public transport. This includes replacement buses
  • adhere to social distancing guidelines – We’ll have markers and signs around our stations but please also take care when boarding/leaving trains and replacement buses

How your journey will be affected

Click on the dates below to see how train services will be affected:

  • Saturday 10 to Tuesday 13 April
  • Wednesday 14 to Sunday 18 April

Where to catch our replacement buses

Main line

Station Replacement bus stop location
Exeter St Davids Front of the station
Newton St Cyres Bus stops in the village centre
Crediton 10-13 April - Outside the Platform 1 entrance
14-18 April - Outside the Platform 2 entrance (to Barnstaple only)
Yeoford Outside The Duck public house
Copplestone To Barnstaple - The northbound bus stop on the one-way system, near the overbridge
To Crediton/Exeter - The Sunnyside bus stop on the one-way system, near the overbridge
Morchard Road To Barnstaple - The bus lay-by opposite the Devon Dumpling public house
To Crediton/Exeter - Outside the Devonshire Dumpling public house
Lapford To Barnstaple - Lapford Cross - junction with Kelland Hill
To Crediton/Exeter - Lapford Cross - junction with Popes Lane
Eggesford Front of the station
Kings Nympton To Barnstaple - The station approach road entrance
To Crediton/Exeter - Fortescue Cross - junction with B3226
Portsmouth Arms To Barnstaple - Opposite the Portsmouth Arms public house
To Crediton/Exeter - Outside the Portsmouth Arms public house
Umberleigh Station forecourt
Chapelton To Barnstaple - The lay-by opposite the station approach road
To Crediton/Exeter - The station approach road entrance
Barnstaple Front of the station

Other useful information

Assisted travel

It is best to let us know in advance if you need help. To find out more visit GWR.com/PassengerAssist

Toilet facilities on our trains and replacement buses

All our trains are equipped with fully accessible toilets. If you have any issues with our on-board facilities, please alert a member of staff.

If your journey involves a replacement bus, please be aware that there usually aren’t any toilet facilities available on these services. Any buses that are equipped with toilet facilities can only be used at the driver’s discretion.

Frequently asked questions

  • Why are the lines being shut?
  • What work is being done?
  • Which services are affected?
  • What days are replacement buses running?
  • When will trains run as normal?
  • I travel between Exeter and Crediton. Will I need to use a bus?
  • I want to travel towards Taunton. Can I use Tiverton Parkway instead?
  • What route will the replacement buses use?
  • I’m travelling to/from Yeoford. What do I do?
  • How long do the buses take?
  • Will replacement bus times be different between the two phases?
  • I’ve been waiting for a replacement bus for while and nothing has arrived. What should I do?
  • Where can I find timetable information?
  • When can I book Advance tickets?

Still have questions?

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