Updated March 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 from 14-18 April 2021

Download a larger version of this map HERE

What you need to know:

  • buses will replace trains between Crediton and Barnstaple. Trains will continue to run from Crediton towards Exeter
  • know where to catch the bus – at some locations our replacement buses will stop away from the stations
  • update – buses will no longer replace trains between Crediton and Exeter St Davids from 10-13 April, trains will continue to run instead

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

From Saturday 10 to Sunday 18 April

The line between Crediton and Barnstaple will be closed to trains.

  • a shuttle train service will run between St James’ Park and Crediton
  • replacement buses will run between Crediton and Barnstaple
  • a separate shuttle bus will run between Crediton and Yeoford, connecting with trains towards Exeter and the main bus to Barnstaple

Important to note

  • departure times of buses will be different to normal train times
  • the first train of the day from Exeter St Davids to Crediton will be operated by a replacement bus
  • the last train of the day from Crediton to Exeter St Davids will be operated by a replacement bus

Where to catch our replacement buses

Main line

Station Replacement bus stop location
Exeter St Davids (limited bus service) Front of the station
Newton St Cyres (limited bus service) Bus stops in the village centre
Crediton To Barnstaple – Outside the Platform 2 entrance
To Exeter St Davids (limited bus service) – Outside the Platform 1 entrance
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?
  • 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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