Okehampton Parkway Station update

More than £40 million of funding was announced in March’s Budget to reinstate passenger services on the Okehampton to Exeter rail line, much to the delight of campaigners who have proactively worked towards the re-opening of the line.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak confirmed Government backing for regular services on the line, which received a warm welcome in the county.

The investment will aim to improve transport links between communities and create employment opportunities across the county.

Okehampton Parkway is the proposed railway station which will serve the east of the town later in the year when the Dartmoor Line reopens.

Devon County Council purchased a site for a parkway station, and trains will run on the 14-mile Okehampton to Exeter stretch again for the first time in 50 years.

This investment coincides with the 150th anniversary of the railway first arriving in Okehampton in 1871. It is expected that services will resume two-hourly December, becoming hourly during 2022. Work on laying the track has also resumed.

3 Comments

  • Michael Cook says:

    Is there a bus service from Okehampton railway station and the town centre, to connect with the rail service?

  • Charlene says:

    Hi, did I read somewhere that if the rail does well there is talk of opening Okehampton to Bude?

    • The aim is to make Bude more connected, and it seems the next hurdle would be Holsworthy/Halwill Junction, but the railway line in Bude was built upon, so that’s more difficult. Check out the group Connect Bude.

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