Marsh Barton railway station is a station under construction in the Marsh Barton area of Exeter, Devon. The station will be located on the Riviera Line between Exeter St Thomas and Starcross stations. Marsh Barton is identified as a strategic employment area in local planning policy, and the new station will support employment development.

Plans for the station were developed by Network Rail and Devon County Council as part of the "Devon Metro" proposal.

Work was due to start on the station in early 2017, and Devon County Council hoped that it would be open in December 2017. Construction work actually began in April 2021, with the station now expected to be open for passengers by the end of 2022.

In an update in April 2020, officers of Devon County Council said that a decision had been made to prioritise this station over a possible reopening of Exminster railway station. Marsh Baton is expected to cost £16 million, with each platform measuring 407 feet (124 m) in order to accommodate 5-car trains.

The station will be located off Clapperbridge Lane East, adjacent to an energy from waste (EfW) plant.

The station will be located between Exeter St Thomas and Starcross railway stations, being served by Great Western only

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GRAHAM installs new bridge at Marsh Barton rail station site

A new pedestrian and cycle bridge has been lifted into place as part of the development of Marsh Barton railway station.

The installation of the 16-metre span structure over the railway line, which took place in the early hours of Saturday (26 February) morning, is a major milestone in the project.

We have been working closely with Network Rail and GWR to time the bridge lift to coincide with a pre-planned weekend closure of the line.

Work over the coming months will now focus on the approaches to the bridge, as well as access and emergency escape ramps, platform development and mechanical and electrical elements.

The new bridge, which is expected to open to the public in the autumn, will form an essential part of the new station. 


Exeter City Council - New Marsh Barton railway station taking shape (27th Jan 2022)

Work on Marsh Barton railway station is progressing well and remains on track for completion next winter.

Construction on the station, which is located near the Energy from Waste plant on the eastern edge of Marsh Barton, started last spring.

Development of the two platforms is ongoing and concrete piles and pile caps have been completed on both platforms. Concrete beams and slabs have been installed on platform one.

Work is underway on the foundations for the pedestrian and cycle bridge which is due to be installed in the coming months. This bridge will provide active travel links to the station as well as improving connections between Alphington, Marsh Barton and the Riverside Valley Park.

Work has also begun on the access roads and pavements leading into the Station.

The station at Marsh Barton, which is being developed by Graham Construction Ltd on behalf of Devon County Council, is a core element of the Devon Metro rail strategy for Exeter. 


Devon County Council - Work starts on Marsh Barton rail station

Work has started on the construction of a new railway station at Marsh Barton in Exeter.

The station, which will feature two platforms, will be located near the Energy from Waste plant on the eastern edge of Marsh Barton.

Devon County Council has designed the station working closely with Network Rail and GWR. It will provide sustainable transport access to Marsh Barton, one of the key employment areas of the city where more than 7,000 people work.

From the end of May, Clapperbrook Lane East will be closed to vehicular traffic for around 16 months, but it will remain open for pedestrians and cyclists. A signed diversion route will be in place via Water Lane to enable vehicular access to the Double Locks Pub. 


Image: Devon County Council


Devon County Council - Roads and Transport Marsh Barton will be a new railway station situated on the Exeter to Newton Abbot line, south of Clapperbrook Lane adjacent to the New Energy from Waste Plant.

Marsh Barton is Exeter’s largest trading estate, and one of the largest employment sites in the region. Along with the construction of a two-platform halt, the scheme to deliver the station will include the erection of an associated pedestrian/cycle-bridge, access, parking/turning area and a pedestrian/cycle path.

The project aims to improve the competitiveness of existing businesses. It will unlock further economic growth through development at Marsh Barton and South West Exeter.

The planned growth of the area is currently restricted by the poor transport links which act as a barrier to development and will increasingly reduce the viability of existing businesses. 


East Devon News - 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. 


Travel Devon - Train There are regular local train services linking many parts of Devon, with some superb scenic journeys.

The Riviera Line links Exeter, Dawlish, Teignmouth, Newton Abbot and Torbay, with excellent views of the Exe and Teign Estuaries and out to sea. Visit the Riviera Line website to find out more about times and prices, great discounts and how to buy your ticket.

The Tarka Line runs from Barnstaple to Exeter, while the Avocet Line links Exmouth and Exeter and the Tamar Valley Line runs from Plymouth to Bere Alston and Gunnislake.

For ideas for days out on the scenic railways of Devon visit 

View all Railway Stations in Devon on our Devon Rail Network Map 

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