St James Park railway station

St James Park railway station

Infobox UK station
name = St. James Park

locale = Exeter
borough = Exeter
latitude = 50.73059
longitude = -3.52233
code = SJP
manager = First Great Western
platforms = 2
lowusage0203 = 27,233
lowusage0405 = 27,477
lowusage0506 = 27,428
lowusage0607 = 31,716
original = London and South Western Railway
postgroup = Southern Railway
years = 1906
events = Opened as Lion's Holt Halt
years1 = 1946
events1 = Renamed St James Park Halt
years2 = 1969
events2 = Renamed St James Park
:"Not to be confused with St. James's Park tube station in London"St James Park railway station is a suburban railway station in Exeter, Devon, England. It is operated by First Great Western. It is adjacent to the Exeter City F.C. football ground.


A small station named Lion's Holt Halt was opened in the cutting west of Blackboy Tunnel on 26 January 1906. Pleasant Road Halt was opened at the same time to the east of the tunnel but was closed in 1928. [cite book |last = Mitchell |first = Vic|coauthors = Smith, Keith |title = Branch Lines to Exmouth |publisher = Middleton Press |date = 1992 |location = Midhurst|id = ISBN 1-873793-00-6]

The name of Lion's Holt was changed to "St James Park" on 7 October 1946, the name of the Exeter City F.C. football ground, which is next to the station. The club has adopted the station under the community railways scheme and contributes to its upkeep.


Although there are two platforms, The southbound platform is very short and can only be served by a one or two (20m) coach train. Other train formations such as a Class 158 must use selective door opening or single door opening.


About half the trains on the Avocet Line from Exmouth to Exeter St Davids call at St James Park. Beyond St Davids they generally continue to either Paignton or Barnstaple. Connections are available at Exeter Central for Pinhoe and stations to Waterloo as these trains run through St James Park without stopping; passengers for other main line stations change at Exeter St Davids.


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