A New Dawn for Rail Service

Laura White
Laura White

It was a beautiful morning and a new dawn for OkeRail as the second ‘special’ left Okehampton Station on the first rail trip to Oxford and Stratford-Upon-Avon.

The train was longer than the platform; only four carriages could fit on the platform so the hundreds of people spread out once they got inside. This is the second ‘special’ OkeRail train – the first last year was to London Paddington which led to the Secretary of State for Transport Chris Greyling telling Great Western Railway (GWR) to open up the Okehampton to Exeter line for a new commuter service to the city’s St Davids Station which is to start in the spring of 2019.

A new railway station, Okehampton Parkway on Exeter Road near Mole Avon on the east site of Okehampton, will also open in the spring.

The new station will not be manned, similar to the Cranbrook Station outside Exeter, while the current station will service the west side of town.

It is hoped that this will ease pressure on Okehampton traffic.


Well done to all the people involved with OkeRail for arranging yet another ‘special’ train to Oxford and Stratford-Upon-Avon.

The recent excursion has added more weight for the reopening of the Okehampton to Exeter rail link. Once in Exeter a whole new world opens up. Just think, it would possible to get from Okehampton to Vladivostok on the far east of Russia by rail.

Okehampton to Exeter, Exeter to London, London to Paris, Paris to Moscow, then the Trans-Siberian Railway to Vladivostok on the far side of the world.
Now there is a challenge.

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