We’re making improvements to Taunton station

Looking for information on the engineering work taking place between Taunton and Exeter St Davids between 28 September and 2 October? Visit our dedicated web page here.

GWR is now running more trains to and from Taunton. To plan your journey, please visit our new timetable web page here.

Looking for information about temporary changes to train times during planned engineering work? Visit our dedicated web page here.

Somerset’s county town of Taunton is a key point on the Great Western route between London Paddington and the South West. The growth of the town and its importance to rail travel in the local area mean that we need to upgrade the station’s facilities, fit for current use.

Great Western Railway along with local and national partners, including the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership, Somerset West and Taunton Council, Somerset County Council and the Department for Transport, are investing to redevelop the station and its interchange facilities including:
  • a new multi-storey car park with more spaces
  • a new ticket office with better access to the town centre
  • extra cycle parking
  • an improved bus interchange
These improvements will also create a safer and enhanced pedestrian environment, becoming a fitting introduction to anyone visiting Taunton.

New Taunton Car Park Upgrades
Visual concept of the new Taunton station car park.

What you need to know:

  • construction work will be completed in phases. Locations of some station facilities may change during this time
  • the main car park on the south side will be closed until completion
  • the south side is closed to all passengers until the works are completed. Access to platform 2 will be via the main entrance or via platform 5 from the temporary car park
  • a temporary car park is provided on the opposite side of the station which can be found beyond the Kilkenny Car Park at TA1 1QP
  • allow additional time to reach the station
  • buses to Minehead will leave from bus stop S4 on Station Road
  • train services will not be affected by this project, but be aware that other planned engineering work will affect train services during the coming months. To find out more visit GWR.com/Upgrade
Taunton Station Ticket Office Upgrades
Visual concept of the new Taunton station ticketing office.
Taunton Station Upgrades
Visual concept of the new Taunton station entrance.

Construction is underway

Building work will continue into December 2020.

During this time:
  • the south side car parking, taxi rank, cycle parking and pedestrian access are closed
  • a temporary car park is available for customers on the north side of the station beyond the Kilkenny Car Park at TA1 1QP
  • cycle parking is available on platforms 2 and 5
  • buses to Minehead will depart from bus stop S4 on Station Road
On completion of the work
  • the ticket office will be relocated from the north entrance to the new south side entrance
  • the multi-storey car park will be opened along with the additional cycle parking
  • the temporary car park on the north side will be closed
  • the taxi rank and Minehead bus stop will be moved back to their original locations with enhanced facilities

Funded and delivered in partnership with:

Taunton station upgrades funded by our partners

Frequently asked questions

  • Why do we need to improve the station?
  • Who is paying for it?
  • What will the car park be like?
  • What will the bus interchange look like?
  • What will the new ticket office look like?
  • What will the forecourt look like?
  • What about the impact on the Listed Building?
  • What will happen to the existing ticket office?
  • Where can I park during the construction?
  • Where will the Service 28 Minehead buses and taxis be found during the works?