- Crediton railway station
Crediton Location Place Crediton Local authority Mid Devon Coordinates Coordinates: Operations Station code CDI Managed by First Great Western Number of platforms 2 Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage 2002/03 * 21,607 2004/05 * 22,478 2005/06 * 22,550 2006/07 * 24,021 2007/08 * 27,422 2008/09 * 32,344 2009/10 * 36,784 History Original company Exeter and Crediton Railway Pre-grouping London and South Western Railway Post-grouping Southern Railway Opened 1851 National Rail - UK railway stations A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z * Annual passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Crediton from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Please note: methodology may vary year on year.
It is the current junction of the Tarka and Dartmoor lines, though the two lines run parallel until Coleford Junction (where the junction of the Barnstaple and Okehampton lines used to be) at Penstone near Coleford (west of Yeoford).
The station, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, was opened by the Exeter and Crediton Railway on 12 May 1851. The line to Barnstaple was then opened by the North Devon Railway on 1 August 1854. After 1 November 1865 additional London and South Western Railway trains ran through the station going towards Okehampton.
The signal box which controls the level crossing was put into use on the 2 June 1875, and the footbridge built in 1878. It now controls the entire Tarka Line from just north of the Cowley Bridge Junction with the Bristol to Exeter line, all the way to Barnstaple, although most of the line uses the No Signalman Token Remote (NSTR) system. Under this method of operation only a single train is allowed into each section, so not much signal control is actually required.
The goods yard closed on 4 December 1967.
Preceding station National Rail Following station Newton St Cyres First Great Western
Yeoford Exeter St Davids First Great Western
Summer Sundays only
The railway between Exeter and Barnstaple is designated as a community railway and is supported by marketing provided by the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership. The line is promoted under the Tarka Line name.
The main station building is the award-winning Tea Rooms. These appeared in a list of "highly commended" station cafes published in The Guardian in 2009. The tea rooms house a 0 gauge static model of the station in LSWR days and displays about the railway locally.
The Friends of Crediton Station actively promote the station and have been involved in schemes such as planting flower beds.
In 2007, working with the Friends of Crediton Station, First Great Western painted the station in authentic LSWR colours.
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- ^ Wills, Dixe (2009-05-12). "Ten of the best railway cafes". Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2009/may/12/railway-station-cafes-uk-food. Retrieved 2009-06-30.
Railway stations in Devon Penzance to London Paddington
and the North:
Gunnislake to Plymouth:
Tamar Valley Line
Paignton to Exeter:
Exeter to Barnstaple:
Exmouth to Exeter:
Exeter to London Waterloo: Heritage Railways Dartmoor Railway: Paignton and Dartmouth: Plym Valley RailwayMarsh Mills South Devon Railway:
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