Wikipedia Exeter St Davids is the principal railway station serving the city of Exeter in Devon, England. It is 193 miles 72 chains (312.1 km) from London Paddington on the line through Bristol which continues to Plymouth and Penzance. It is also served by an alternative route to London Waterloo via Salisbury and branch lines to Exmouth and Barnstaple.

The station opened in 1844 as the terminus of the Bristol and Exeter Railway. It is currently managed by Great Western Railway and is served by trains operated by Great Western Railway, South Western Railway and CrossCountry. 

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Exeter St Davids station Bonhay Road, Exeter EX4 4NT

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Exeter Memories On the 7 January 1841 the Flying Post wrote "We understand the Directors of the Bristol and Exeter Railroad, intend making the terminus of this important undertaking in two fields adjacent to the Red Cow Turnpike." Thus the people of Exeter waited in anticipation for 'railway mania' to reach their city.

The site for the station at Pennyroyal consisted of 18 acres of meadow, belonging to Mr W M Praed and farmed by Mrs Drew, dairywoman. It was chosen as the City Council refused permission for the line to enter the city boundary. The approach to the station required a second field, Taddyford Meadow, to be purchased, and the company approached the Master of the Worshipful Company of Tuckers and Shearers the owners to discuss the purchase of the meadow. Agreement was made, and now, the meadow lies somewhere beneath the multiple railway lines approaching the station. The local firm, Hoopers were engaged to construct the station to the design of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. 


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Explore Devon and Cornwall by train and enjoy stunning coastal views, rolling green countryside, wooded valleys and fine river crossings.

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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.

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We operate, maintain and are renewing more than 2,000 miles of railway, including the historic Great Western Main Line, conceived by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. There are 198 stations on the route, and we manage London Paddington, Reading and Bristol Temple Meads stations.

Following a 10 year, multi-billion-pound upgrade programme, we now operate electric services between the west of England and London for the first time. Working with partners, we have exciting plans to continue modernising the railway for the benefit of passengers and freight in every area we represent. 

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