Guidance

Avocet community rail line

Community rail line service between Exeter St David’s and Exmouth.

Documents

Avocet Line: prospectus

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Avocet Line: map

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Details

The Avocet Line follows the Exe estuary for most of its route, providing views of the estuary. The line is named after the pied avocet, a large wading bird which lives in the estuary.

Route data

Region South west
Locale Devon
Stations 11
Length 11 miles
Journey time About 28 minutes — one way
Route type Rural
Designation Line designation
Pilot project No
Designation date September 2012
Partnership Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership
Operator(s) Great Western Railway

The Avocet Line serves the following 11 stations:

  • Exeter St David’s
  • Exeter Central
  • St James Park
  • Polsloe Bridge
  • Digby and Sowton
  • Newcourt (opened June 2015)
  • Topsham
  • Exton — request stop
  • Lympstone Commando — request stop
  • Lympstone Village
  • Exmouth

The section in Exeter is shared with South West Trains services to London Waterloo as far as Exmouth Junction.

Community rail designation

The Avocet Line was designated as a community rail line by the Department for Transport in September 2012. The designation covers the line between Exmouth Junction and Exmouth and the passenger rail service between Exeter St David’s and Exmouth. The other services operating between Exeter St David’s and Exmouth Junction are not included within the service designation.

The following 6 stations on the route form part of the designation:

  • Exmouth
  • Lympstone Village
  • Exton
  • Topsham
  • Digby and Sowton
  • Polsoe Bridge

Network Rail strategic route plan

The Avocet Line has been identified as a rural route within Network Rail’s west of England (K) strategic route plan.

The Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership

The Avocet Line is one of the 7 railway lines supported by the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership, which was formed in 1991 to promote railway services in the area. The lines supported by the partnership are:

  • Atlantic Coast Line (Newquay to Par)
  • Avocet Line (Exeter St David’s to Exmouth)
  • Looe Valley Line (Looe to Liskeard)
  • Maritime Line (Falmouth to Truro)
  • St Ives Bay Line (St Ives to St Erth)
  • Tamar Valley Line (Gunnislake to Plymouth)
  • Tarka Line (Exeter Central to Barnstable)

The line benefits from support from the Avocet Line Rail Users Group (ALRUG), who work closely with the partnership to promote the line.

Published 1 March 2012