Plans for new Exeter railway station at Marsh Barton get the green light

Plans for a new railway station at Marsh Barton in Exeter have been approved – four years after trains should have been running.

An application for the construction of a two-platform facility at Clapperbrook Lane East was approved by Devon County Council (DCC).

The scheme also includes a new cycleway embankment and footbridge.

An artist's impression of the new Marsh Barton railway station in Exeter. Image: Devon County Council

An artist’s impression of the new Marsh Barton railway station in Exeter. Image: Devon County Council

An artist's impression of the new Marsh Barton railway station in Exeter. Image: Devon County Council

An artist’s impression of the new Marsh Barton railway station in Exeter. Image: Devon County Council

DCC’s cabinet will now meet early in 2021 to discuss, finalise and sign-off committing the cost of building the station.

A council spokesperson said: “Subject to approval, we will be able to confirm potential start dates.”

Approving the plans under delegated powers, DCC officers said: “The proposal looks to provide a piece of infrastructure fundamental to the delivery of the transport strategy for Exeter.

“It facilitates sustainable travel, achieving a modal shift from private car to public transport in one of Exeter’s main employment areas.”

An artist's impression of the new Marsh Barton railway station in Exeter. Image: Devon County Council

An artist’s impression of the new Marsh Barton railway station in Exeter. Image: Devon County Council

An artist's impression of the new Marsh Barton railway station in Exeter. Image: Devon County Council

An artist’s impression of the new Marsh Barton railway station in Exeter. Image: Devon County Council

An artist's impression of the new Marsh Barton railway station in Exeter. Image: Devon County Council

An artist’s impression of the new Marsh Barton railway station. Image: Devon County Council

The station’s 124-metre eastern and western platforms will be respectively served by trains to Newton Abbot and Exeter respectively.

Each will have a waiting shelter containing a dozen seats, a perch rail for four passengers, two help points, and a ticket vending machine.

Vehicular access to the station will be from Clapperbrook Lane East, but parking spaces will be provided for general use.

An artist's impression of the new Marsh Barton railway station in Exeter. Image: Devon County Council

An artist’s impression of the new Marsh Barton railway station. Image: Devon County Council

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The sire of the proposed Marsh Barton railway station in Exeter.

The station had initially been due to open in 2016.

But delays, rising costs, changes in design standards and an unsuccessful bid to the Department for Transport’s New Stations Fund left a funding shortfall which delayed the project.

A new planning application with an amended design was eventually required.

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