Guidance

Tarka community rail line

Community rail line service between Barnstaple and Exeter Central.

Documents

Tarka Line: prospectus

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format.

If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email webmasterdft@dft.gsi.gov.uk. Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.

Tarka Line: map

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format.

If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email webmasterdft@dft.gsi.gov.uk. Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.

Details

The Tarka Line, named after the otter in Henry Williamson’s book, runs from Exeter to Barnstaple. The line follows the River Creedy, River Yeo and River Taw for some of its route. At Coleford Junction there is a branch to Okehampton, which has recently reopened to passenger trains as the Dartmoor Railway.

Tarka Line
A train on the Tarka Line.

Route data

Region South west
Locale Devon
Stations 14
Length 39 miles
Journey time About 1 hour and 8 minutes — one way
Route type Rural
Designation Line
Pilot project No
Designation date September 2006
Partnership Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership
Operator(s) Great Western Railway

The Tarka Line serves the following 14 stations:

  • Exeter Central
  • Exeter St David’s
  • Newton St Cyres (request stop)
  • Crediton
  • Yeoford (request stop)
  • Copplestone (request stop)
  • Morchard Road (request stop)
  • Lapford (request stop)
  • Eggesford
  • Kings Nympton (request stop)
  • Portsmouth Arms (request stop)
  • Umberleigh (request stop)
  • Chapelton (request stop)
  • Barnstaple

Community rail designation

The Tarka Line was designated as a community rail line by the Strategic Rail Authority in September 2006. The designation covers the line between Barnstaple and Cowley Bridge Junction and the train service between Barnstaple and Exeter Central. Apart from Exeter St David’s and Exeter Central, all stations listed fall within the designation.

Network Rail strategic route plan

The Tarka 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 Tarka 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
Published 11 July 2006