Track tamping machine on the Dartmoor Line

Dartmoor Line set for upgrade in preparation for start of hourly services

21 April 2022
Network Rail is set to begin 15 days of engineering upgrades on the Dartmoor Line in preparation for the introduction of hourly services.Next week, from Monday 25 April until the early hours of Tuesday 10 May, Network Rail engineers will be upgrading parts of the 14-mile stretch of Dartmoor Line which currently carries two-hourly Great Western Railway (GWR) passenger services between Okehampton and Exeter.Along More “Dartmoor Line set for upgrade in preparation for start of hourly services”
Crediton station as seen from the train driver's cab

New videos – the Dartmoor Line as seen from the train driver’s cab

15 April 2022
There is a fantastic new series on the National Rail YouTube channel giving a fresh perspective on popular journeys by filming them in 4K resolution from the train driver’s cab.The series includes videos of the Dartmoor Line in both directions:Exeter – OkehamptonOkehampton – Exeter
Rail graphic showing replacement buses between Crediton and Okehampton

Upgrade work 25 April to 9 May to enable hourly service

02 March 2022
Track bed and drainage improvements on the Dartmoor Line will affect train services between Exeter and Okehampton from Monday 25 April to Monday 9 May. This work is essential to the introduction of hourly services on the Dartmoor Line. Monday 25 April – Monday 9 MayTrains will continue to run between Exeter and Barnstaple. More “Upgrade work 25 April to 9 May to enable hourly service”
Diagram of 19-27 February 2022 engineering work

Replacement buses from 19th to 27th February to enable bridge repair

25 January 2022
Replacement bus services will be in place on both the Dartmoor Line (Crediton-Okehampton) and Tarka Line (Crediton-Barnstaple) during February half-term to allow Network Rail to complete bridge repair work near Penstone. Trains will continue to run between Exeter and Crediton for most of the day. More “Replacement buses from 19th to 27th February to enable bridge repair”
Train arrives at Dartmoor Line official launch event

Over 10,000 people use reopened Dartmoor Line in first two weeks

15 December 2021
More than 10,000 people have travelled on the Dartmoor Line in the first two weeks since its reopening. The line reopened for regular year-round, all-week passenger services on Saturday 20 November and demand for the trains linking Okehampton and Exeter has continued to remain high. More “Over 10,000 people use reopened Dartmoor Line in first two weeks”
Partners receive Community Rail Award on 9th December 2021

Dartmoor Line wins national award

14 December 2021
The Dartmoor Line has been recognised with a national award in the same week that weekend trains began running direct to and from Exeter Central.At the national Community Rail Awards, held in Southampton on Thursday 9th December, the Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership, GWR and Network Rail won the ‘Best Communications’ category for their work to inform people about the reopening of the Okehampton-Exeter line and to involve the community.Judges More “Dartmoor Line wins national award”
Exeter Central station at Christmas

NEW – Weekend trains direct to Exeter Central AND ‘Rail Link’ bus service now to run on Sundays

09 December 2021
Two great pieces of news – both beginning this Sunday (12th December): Weekend trains direct to Exeter Central Starting this Sunday, most trains on the Dartmoor Line will now call at both Exeter Central and Exeter St David’s seven days a week. More “NEW – Weekend trains direct to Exeter Central AND ‘Rail Link’ bus service now to run on Sundays”
Dartmoor Line from the cab

Footage from the cab

08 December 2021
Filmed in the run-up to the line’s reopening last month, sit back and enjoy a sped up version of a journey on the Dartmoor Line from the former Coleford Junction (where the line splits from the Tarka Line) to Okehampton station.
Okehampton station

Upgrades to the station building underway

25 November 2021
With regular services successfully returned to Okehampton, focus has now turned to upgrading the station building ready for the summer 2022 season. We recognise the role the station building had in bringing together the local community which is why we are excited to be transforming it into an asset that once complete will benefit both local and tourist groups. More “Upgrades to the station building underway”
How we did it - video thumbnail

How we did it

22 November 2021
Get a unique behind-the-scenes look back at how the Dartmoor Line was upgraded (including the laying of 11 miles of new track in record time) to make it fit for trains to run seven-days-a-week, all year round in this fantastic video from Network Rail.