Exeter St Davids to Exmouth engineering works

Updated October 2020

Sunday 25 to Friday 30 October 2020
Sunday 8 November 2020

The line between Exeter St Davids and Exmouth is one of our most popular branch lines, taking you from the city centre to the seaside in just 30 minutes. The half-hourly frequency of trains throughout most of the day gives flexibility for the millions of commuters and leisure travellers who use the line every year.

What’s happening

To maintain this important service, our partners at Network Rail will be renewing a major junction between St James’ Park and Polsloe Bridge. This work will help to keep services on the branch line running reliably and reduce the possibility of delays to your journey.

Between Sunday 25 and Friday 30 October:
  • the line between Exeter Central and Exmouth/Pinhoe will be closed to trains
  • replacement buses will run between Exeter St Davids and Exmouth/Honiton
  • a limited train service will continue to run between Exeter St Davids and Exeter Central
On Sunday 8 November:
  • to complete the works, buses will again replace trains between Exeter St Davids and Exmouth/Honiton

Our travel advice

  • plan ahead – train and replacement bus times will be different to normal train times. Check carefully before you travel
  • allow plenty of time – journeys involving a replacement bus will take longer than normal
  • travelling to/from Barnstaple – most trains will start/terminate at Exeter St Davids instead of Exeter Central or St James’ Park
  • wear a face covering – as of 15 June, you are required to wear a face covering in order to travel by public transport. This includes replacement buses
  • adhere to social distancing guidelines – we’ll have markers and signs around our stations but please also be mindful of this when boarding/leaving trains and replacement buses

How this will affect my journey:

Journeys between Exeter and Exmouth
  • replacement buses will run up to every 30 minutes between Exeter St Davids and Exmouth
  • a mix of stopping and semi-fast services will run
  • journey times will be extended
Journeys between Exeter and Barnstaple
  • trains will continue to run on the branch line, however, most services will start/terminate at Exeter St Davids instead of St James’ Park
  • change at Exeter St Davids for trains to Exeter Central or replacement buses to St James’ Park and beyond
  • most trains to Barnstaple will depart from Platform 2 at Exeter St Davids instead of Platform 1 or 3
Journeys between Exeter and Paignton
  • one train an hour will continue to run between Exeter Central and Paignton
  • all other services will terminate at Exeter St Davids, so check carefully before travelling
  • change at Exeter St Davids for replacement buses towards Exmouth
Journeys on South Western Railway services
  • replacement buses will run hourly between Honiton and Exeter St Davids
  • a mix of stopping and non-stopping buses will run
  • South Western Railway services to/from London Waterloo will start/terminate at Honiton

Replacement buses

Our replacement buses will provide a great alternative during this time. We will provide accessible buses with comfortable seats on all journeys.

Arrival and departure times will be different to normal train times so check carefully before you travel.

If you’re changing between train and bus at Exeter St Davids we’ll have staff on hand to help you find your way.

Replacement buses will run on the following routes:
  • Exeter St Davids – Exmouth (stopping at Exeter Central, Digby & Sowton, Topsham and Lympstone Commando) – Every 30 minutes
  • Exeter St Davids – Exmouth (stopping at all stations) – Every 30 minutes (Hourly on Sundays)
  • Exeter St Davids – Honiton (stopping at Exeter Central only) – Hourly, operated by South Western Railway
  • Exeter St Davids – Honiton (stopping at all stations) – Hourly, operated by South Western Railway

Where to catch replacement buses

Station Replacement buses depart from 
Exeter St Davids Front of station
Exeter Central Front of station 
Pinhoe Pinn Lane, outside station entrance
Cranbrook Front of station
Whimple Station forecourt 
Feniton  Bus stops outside the Nog's Inn public house, adjacent to the station
Honiton Outside main station entrance
St James' Park B3212 Blackboy Road bus stops
Polsloe Bridge Widgery Road bus stops on Pinhoe Road
Digby & Sowton Station car park
Newcourt Bus stops outside community centre
Topsham Bus stops on Station Road
Exton Car park at the front of the station
Lympstone Commando A376 bus stops near entrance to training camp
Lympstone Village Bottom of Station Hill near The Swan public house
Exmouth Station car park

Help with your journey

It’s best to let us know in advance if you need help. To find out more, visit GWR.com/AssistedTravel.
If you are not able to travel on one of our replacement bus services, we will arrange an accessible taxi for you. You can do this by:
  • booking in advance on our Assisted Travel site
  • speaking to a member of staff at a station
  • using the Help Point available at all our stations

Frequently asked questions

Check your journey