Crediton railway station

Crediton railway station
Crediton National Rail
Place Crediton
Local authority Mid Devon
Coordinates 50°46′59″N 3°38′49″W / 50.78318°N 3.64707°W / 50.78318; -3.64707Coordinates: 50°46′59″N 3°38′49″W / 50.78318°N 3.64707°W / 50.78318; -3.64707
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
Original company Exeter and Crediton Railway
Pre-grouping London and South Western Railway
Post-grouping Southern Railway
Opened 1851
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* 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.
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Crediton railway station is a railway station serving the town of Crediton in Devon, England.

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).



Crediton station on 15 July 1969.

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.[1]

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.[1]

The goods yard closed on 4 December 1967.[1]


Crediton is served by all trains on the Barnstaple to Exmouth service. They connect with main line services at Exeter St Davids.[2]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Newton St Cyres   First Great Western
Tarka Line
Exeter St Davids   First Great Western
Dartmoor Line
Summer Sundays only
  Sampford Courtenay

Community railway

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.[3] 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.


  1. ^ a b c Nicholas, John (1992). The North Devon Line. Sparkford: Oxford Publishing Company. ISBN 0-86093-461-6. 
  2. ^ "National Rail Timetable 136 (Summer 2009)" (PDF). Network Rail. Retrieved 2009-05-11. 
  3. ^ Wills, Dixe (2009-05-12). "Ten of the best railway cafes". Guardian. Retrieved 2009-06-30. 

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