Half-term rail disruption expected while track and platform work is carried out at Exmouth, Lympstone and St James Park, Exeter

Customers are being warned to expect disruption when Network Rail makes track improvements between Exeter and Exmouth over half-term week, October 25-30.

In the same week the platforms will be extended at St James Park, Exeter, and Lympstone Commando.

Replacement buses will be in operation and customers are being warned to expect disruptions to the service while works are carried out.

The rail operator has apologised in advance to customers, saying half-term week was chosen as a quieter time to carry out maintenance work.

Network Rail said the platform improvements at Lympstone Commando and St James Park ‘will ensure that passengers using the station will be able to travel sustainably and will have better access to trains when alighting and boarding’.

Work to replace the track at Exmouth Junction ‘will ensure that people travelling to the south coast will have more reliable journeys’, the rail owner said.

Alan Penlington, South Western Railway’s customer experience director, said: “While there’s never a good time to close the railway, half term is historically a quieter time and the works taking place at Exmouth Junction will improve reliability and performance along this this important stretch of railway for years to come.

“I realise these works will mean disruption for our customers however, replacement buses will be in operation and this longer closure will save months of weekend engineering works.

“I’d like to apologise to our customer for the inconvenience caused and thank them for their patience.”

Mike Gallop, Network Rail’s western route director, said: “It’s great that we are able to undertake a number of projects at the same time during closures of the railway.

“We have been working with our train operator colleagues to plan a coordinated work package to reduce the impact on the travelling public.

“By undertaking as much work as possible during a closure, we are able to minimise the impact to travellers.

“While carrying out this work during half-term may affect some people, the majority of people will be at home and therefore less inconvenience is caused.”

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