Major Train Disruption for Exeter City Train Users

Work will start next Monday on the Whiteball Tunnel situated between Taunton and Exeter meaning their will be no trains through the tunnel for 3 weeks. Work is due to start on Monday 20th January and are due to finish on Sunday 9th February.fgw_train_reading

The following Exeter City games will be affected if you’re travelling by trains:-

Saturday 25 January – AFC Wimbledon    3pm    Away
Tuesday 28 January – Oxford Utd    7.45pm    Home
Sat 1 February – Burton Albion    3pm    Away
Saturday 8th February – Portsmouth    3pm    Home

Cross Country trains will not run west of Taunton. Rail Replacement buses will run between Exeter St Davids and Taunton. There will be a reduced number of services in operation as well. Tiverton Parkway will only be served by buses for the duration of these works.

If you’re travelling to Burton Albion on Saturday 1st February, for example, then your train times could be:-

Depart Arrive Travel by Train company Duration
08:35  Exeter St Davids 09:45  Taunton Bus FIRST GREAT WESTERN 01h 10
09:51  Taunton 11:55  Birm. New Street Train CROSSCOUNTRY 02h 04
12:19  Birm. New Street 12:47  Burton-On-Trent Train CROSSCOUNTRY 00h 28
04h 12

Services Between Paddington and Exeter will be altered to travel through Yeovil and Honiton meaning that football_special_frattonjourney times will be extended. For example, Saturday 25th January, depart Paddington 9am, call Reading at 0.936 and arrive at Exeter St Davids at 12.08. The direct service back to Paddington after the game is at 19:00 at St Davids, arrive Reading at 21:44 and terminates at Paddington at 22.26.

South West Trains will be operating a normal service through Axminster and Honiton, but any delays to the First Great Western trains from London could have a knock-on effect on these services.

Check your train times on the National Rail Enquiries website

A pdf of the timetables and details of the works can be found here.