The following report will be presented to the Devon and Exeter Rail Project Working Party on Friday 15th July.
This scheme was approved in July last year with costs being estimated at £7.4m. The railway station is designed to serve the thousands of people who work at the largest employment site in the city and the South West Exeter urban extension.
The site clearance works have been completed and work is ongoing to finalise the design and complete the necessary Network Rail consents. Construction is expected to start in autumn 2016 subject to confirmation of the necessary consents with trains starting to call from winter 2017/18. A diversion of the public right of way crossing of the railway to the south of the station was required to enable the station to open. This is currently the subject of a planning inquiry through written representations with the Inspector expected to report later in 2016.
An interim stopping pattern at the station is planned from December 2017 to December 2018 due to the constraints of the current timetable. This will result in a less than hourly frequency at some times of the day but with suitable calls in peak periods as far as possible. A full calling pattern is planned from December 2018 to coincide with the rewrite of the timetable, including the new long distance rolling stock, better quality local rolling stock and additional seat capacity alongside the introduction of the half hourly frequency throughout the day between Exeter and Paignton. Capacity constraints may mean that a half hourly frequency may not be achievable at all times of the day.