From February 19 until Sunday February 27, rail services on the Dartmoor line between Crediton and Okehampton and the Tarka line between Crediton and Barnstaple will be suspended and replaced by buses.
The line closures are needed to allow Network Rail to carry out urgent work on a railway bridge near the hamlet of Penstone. Trains will continue to run between Exeter and Crediton for most of the day.
The bridge to be repaired is just south of Penstone, about a mile from the villages of Colebrooke and Coleford, near the junction of the Exeter to Barnstaple (Tarka Line) and Exeter to Okehampton (Dartmoor Line) rail lines. The road under the bridge will be closed from February 7 to March 4, and Network Rail has informed residents of the closure.
Replacement bus services will depart at different times to normal train services, and journey times will be longer than the normal Crediton to Okehampton train time of 40 minutes. Journey times can be obtained from the GWR trip planner at https://www.gwr.com/your-tickets
Trains normally run every two hours each way, seven days a week, between Okehampton, Crediton and Exeter St Davids, including services for daily commuters. Most services also call at Exeter Central, including major peak services.
Replacement buses will run between:
- Crediton in Okehampton;
- Crediton in Copplestone, Morchard Road, Eggesford, Umberleigh and Barnstaple. Some services will stop at Lapford, Kings Nympton, Portsmouth Arms and Chapelton;
- Credit to Yeoford.
Some replacement bus services will extend to/from Exeter St Davids at the start or end of each day.
A further closure of the line between Crediton and Okehampton will take place from April 25 to May 9. This is to allow engineering work to take place to allow the Dartmoor line to switch to an hourly train service. Buses will replace trains while the line is closed.