Marsh Barton Railway Station in Devon to Open, Bringing Trains to Trading Estate

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Marsh Barton, a trading estate in Devon, is set to welcome trains for the first time starting from 4 July, as contractor Graham has finished the construction of a new £16M railway station.

The Marsh Barton railway station is located between Exeter St Thomas and Starcross stations on the Riviera Line. It aims to alleviate road congestion and provide sustainable travel choices for the 7,000 people employed at Marsh Barton.

Originally part of the Devon Metro scheme, the station’s construction faced delays due to challenges with building supplies and adverse weather conditions. However, the project has now been completed. It is delivered in collaboration with Network Rail and Great Western Railway (GWR).

The station features two platforms. Thus, it will be served by hourly GWR services between Paignton and Exmouth, with additional half-hourly services during peak times.

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The £16M Marsh Barton Railway Station to Providing Sustainable Travel Options

The scheme also included the construction of a new pedestrian and cycle bridge. This enhances accessibility and promotes active travel links between Alphington, Marsh Barton, and Riverside Valley Park.

The Devon County Council believes introducing train services to the industrial estate will reduce road congestion.  It will also support development plans for around 2,500 new homes across the estate.

Graham contracts director Andrew Henry expressed pride in delivering the station, highlighting the successful collaboration between the project team, supply chain, Devon County Council, Network Rail, and GWR.

He acknowledged the logistical challenges during construction. He also emphasised the innovative approach and strong working relationships that enabled the project’s successful completion.

Devon County Council cabinet member for climate change, environment, and transport, Andrea Davis, expressed her delight at the station’s opening and its potential to benefit the local community.

GWR business development director Tom Pierpoint emphasized the importance of new stations like Marsh Barton. This is in promoting sustainable travel options and reducing congestion on busy roads.

The Marsh Barton railway station is poised to become an asset to the area, providing convenient access to the trading estate while connecting with active travel links to other parts of the city.