Restoring the Dartmoor Line infrastructure

Machinery and staff on site
Offloading of railway sleepers

Over the past 6 months, Network Rail has been carrying out detailed investigations to understand what infrastructure and signalling improvements are required to bring the Dartmoor Line up to modern standards to enable GWR passenger trains to operate safely.

This has involved assessments of the railway line, structures such as bridges, level crossings and drainage. Ecological and environmental surveys have also been undertaken.

Okehampton compound is developing to the east of Okehampton station:

Okehampton compound

Drainage work took place during the second week in February 2021:

Ditch before work - clogged with branches
After - cleared with water now running freely
After – ditches now running freely