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.
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|
Services Between Paddington and Exeter will be altered to travel through Yeovil and Honiton meaning that journey 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 http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/
A pdf of the timetables and details of the works can be found here.