New rail station planned for Exmouth line

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By ExmouthPeople | Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 17:37

A NEW railway station is planned on the Exmouth branch line. The new station - at Newcourt, Exeter - could be open as early as the end of 2014, with trains running every half hour…

Newcourt is an area of new development near Exeter's Sandy Park rugby ground, between Topsham, and Digby and Sowton.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin - in Devon last week - said the Department for Transport's New Station Fund would provide half the funding of the near £1.5 million scheme for the new station. The other half will be met by developer contributions.

Devon County Council has welcomed Government backing for the station. It will now work with Network Rail to finalise the Newcourt station plans, which will deliver a new platform and shelter, ticket machine and passenger information system, secure cycle parking, disabled parking spaces and CCTV.

The station will be served by a half-hourly local service on the Exmouth branch.

Excellent news

"Receiving this New Station Funding is excellent news for our plans to improve the local rail network in the county and to improve the frequency of services," said Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Economy and Growth. "Having met the Transport Secretary, I was encouraged to receive Government support for our Devon Metro initiative.

"There will be around 3,500 new homes in the Newcourt area, so transport links will be vital in this part of the city in order to reduce traffic on the roads. I'm sure residents will appreciate having such direct access to rail services when the station is up and running."

The New Station Fund, managed by Network Rail, was launched at the end of January when bids were invited from local authorities, train operating companies and developers for funding towards the construction costs of brand new stations.

Marsh Barton

As well as Newcourt Station, there are also plans for a station at Marsh Barton.

Planning applications have been submitted for both stations. It is hoped that both applications could be determined by the County Council's Development Management Committee in the summer.

"The new stations planned for Newcourt and Marsh Barton are a key element of the Devon Metro initiative," said Cllr Leadbetter. "It will be a boost for the local economy by providing access to significant areas of housing and employment."

Subject to planning approval, the aim would be to construct Newcourt Station by the end of 2014, and Marsh Barton in 2015/16.



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