Exeter: Marsh Barton railway station on track for ‘end of 2021’ opening

A railway station at Marsh Barton in Exeter is set to open by the end of 2021 –  after five years of delays.

The transport hub was initially due to be up and running at the end of 2016, however, rising costs, changes in design standards  and a funding shortfall have scuppered the scheme to date.

There was also an unsuccessful bid to the Department for Transport’s New Stations Fund.

But Devon County Council (DCC) has finally secured the cash to cover the current project estimate cost.

A meeting this week saw Councillor Andrea Davis, cabinet member for infrastructure, development and waste, asked for an progress report on the station.

She said: “The ecological surveys and environmental impact assessment has been completed, which will inform the planning submission for the new station, which is expected in late spring this year.

“We have had positive meetings with disability and access groups as part of the pre-consultation discussions and land agreements have been agreed in principle with Network Rail.

“Design is progressing well and, subject to planning permission, we are hopeful of being on site at the start of 2021 with opening towards the end of 2021.”

The station at Marsh Barton, to be built at Clapperbrook Lane, is one of seven new facilities included in the Devon Metro project to develop the existing railway network to reduce congestion on the city’s roads.

John Newland, Network Rail’s senior sponsor for the Marsh Barton project, has previously said: “We are passionate about improving the railway for passengers and this includes at Marsh Barton.”

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