Updated June 2020

Monday 28 September to Friday 2 October 2020

The line between Taunton and Exeter St Davids forms an important route for long-distance and commuter services running to and from the south west, with more than 100 trains using it on most days. In December 2019, we launched a new timetable on this route, providing more seats and a faster average journey time between London and the south west.

What’s happening

To ensure we can continue to provide our service, our partners at Network Rail will be renewing tracks in the Tiverton Parkway area to make the railway more resilient, reducing the possibility of delays to your journey.

Between Monday 28 September and Friday 2 October:
  • the line between Taunton and Exeter St Davids will be closed to trains
  • trains will continue to run between London Paddington and the south west, using a different route between Castle Cary and Exeter St Davids
  • replacement buses will run between Taunton, Tiverton Parkway and Exeter St Davids
Tiverton Parkway Network Map

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 or from Cornwall - most journeys will require a change of trains at Plymouth
  • wear a face covering - since 15 June you require one 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 will this affect my journey

Replacement buses

We will provide accessible coaches with air-conditioning/cooling and comfortable seats on all journeys.

Arrival and departure times at interchange stations will usually be timed to connect with train services, ensuring journey times are kept to a minimum. We’ll also have staff on hand to help you find your way between the train and bus.

Replacement buses will run hourly on the following routes:
  • Taunton – Exeter St Davids (non-stop, 50 minutes journey time)
  • Taunton – Tiverton Parkway – Exeter St Davids (operated by CrossCountry, 80 minutes journey time)
  • Taunton – Tiverton Parkway (35 minutes journey time)
  • Tiverton Parkway – Exeter St Davids (40 minutes journey time)

Where to catch replacement buses

Replacement buses will depart from outside the station entrance at Exeter St Davids and Tiverton Parkway.

At Taunton, buses will depart from the north side station car park, near the ramp access to Platform 5/6.

Parking your car at Taunton

Due to the ongoing car park and station renovation works at Taunton, spaces at the station car park will be temporarily reduced to allow us to operate replacement buses. Only the higher level of the main station car park will be available during the engineering works.

Car park spaces for disabled customers will be temporarily moved to the location of the 20-minute waiting bays, nearer the entrance to the station. The total number of spaces will also be temporarily reduced from six to three.

Pick-up spaces will be temporarily relocated to a small car park opposite the Kilkenny car park. This will be clearly signposted. Drop-off spaces will be temporarily relocated to the taxi bays.

Usually park at Tiverton Parkway?

We advise you to continue parking at Tiverton Parkway and use the replacement buses to travel to Taunton.

Due to the limited space available at Taunton, you may find it difficult to park your car near the station.

Help with your journey

It’s best to let us know in advance if you need help. To find out more, visit our Passenger Assist page.

If you are not able to travel on one of our replacement bus services, we will arrange an accessible taxi for you.

Travelling from Castle Cary

Only Platform 1 is step-free accessible at Castle Cary. This is normally used by all trains travelling towards London Paddington.

As some trains will be using the diversionary route between Castle Cary and Exeter St Davids, not all trains to London Paddington will depart from Platform 1; trains that come from Penzance/Plymouth will leave from Platform 2 which is over the footbridge.

If you are unable to access the station, we will provide a taxi to/from the nearest convenient station. Speak to our Assisted Travel team to book this in advance, or speak to a member of staff at the station on the day.

Frequently asked questions

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