Major Changes to Train Services between Crewkerne and Exeter St Davids Saturday 15th September to Saturday 10th November

The rail line between Crewkerne and Exeter will be closed until Sunday 23 September. No South Western Railway services will operate between Crewkerne and Exeter between those dates. This does not affect Great Western Railway services between Exmouth and Exeter / Paignton which will operate normally. The closure is to allow Network Rail to carry out works to reduce the impact of flooding on rail services in the future. 

**Please note** There is no car parking available at Crewkerne station  until Monday 24th September due to space being required for rail replacement buses. Customers intending to park at the station for rail services are strongly advised to use Yeovil Junction station car park instead. Please do not try and park on local roads around Crewkerne station. 

Please note that there is no car parking available at Crewkerne station until Monday 24 September. This is so that we can use the space for rail replacement buses. If you're planning to use the station for rail services we strongly advise you to use Yeovil Junction station car park instead. Please do not try to park on local roads around Crewkerne station.

There will be some changes to train services between Monday 24 September and Saturday 10 November inclusive as part of the same works. For most stations between Salisbury and Exeter this will mean some minor re-timings of trains. There will however be fewer station stops than normal at both Feniton and Templecombe – this is because the limited speed of trains in the Axminster area affects the timings of services at the passing locations on single track sections of the route. 

There are further engineering works that will affect services on Sunday 30 September, Sunday 7 October and Sunday 21 October (further details below).

See our Frequently Asked Questions section for more information.

Monday 17 to Sunday 23 September (Inclusive)

Buses will replace South Western Railway trains between Crewkerne and Exeter St Davids. Train services will run to a slightly amended timetable between Crewkerne and London Waterloo. The timetable for Monday 17 to Friday 21 is available here. The timetable for Saturday 22 September is available here. The timetable for Sunday 23 September is available here.

Monday 24 September to Saturday 10 November (inclusive)

Most services will be retimed by a few minutes and some calls at both Feniton and Templecombe will be replaced by buses connecting at nearby stations. 

The Monday to Friday changes are as follows:


Most of the alterations will be re-timing of train services, but to maintain the timetable we will need to take station stops out of some trains and replacement buses will run for these stations.  The trains which will be affected are:

1220 London Waterloo – Exeter will not call at Feniton.
1520 London Waterloo – Exeter will not call at Feniton.
1720 London Waterloo – Exeter will not call at Feniton.

0823 Exeter St Davids to London Waterloo will not call at Templecombe
0925 Exeter St Davids to London Waterloo will not call at Templecombe
1125 Exeter St Davids to London Waterloo will not call at Templecombe
1325 Exeter St Davids to London Waterloo will not call at Templecombe
1525 Exeter St Davids to London Waterloo will not call at Templecombe
1624 Exeter St Davids to London Waterloo will not call at Templecombe
1725 Exeter St Davids to London Waterloo will not call at Templecombe
1925 Exeter St Davids to London Waterloo will not call at Templecombe

Where trains do not call at a station as above, a replacement bus will connect out of the train at the previous station and a bus will leave the station earlier than normal to connect into the train at the next station.

On-line booking websites should have the correct times
 

Weekends between 29 September and 4 November inclusive

Every weekend in this period will be affected by changed train times and reduced station calls. Several other weekends in this period have other engineering works between Exeter and Waterloo which will require other changes to train times:

Sunday 30 September:
The lines between Honiton and Exeter will be closed all day Sunday for maintenance work.

• Train services will run between London Waterloo and Honiton. These services will also be altered due to work at London Waterloo.
• Bus services will run between Honiton and Exeter St Davids.

Sunday 7 October
The lines between Salisbury and Yeovil Junction will be closed all day Sunday for maintenance work.

• The normal train service will run between London Waterloo and Salisbury.
• Trains to and from Yeovil and Exeter will be diverted between Salisbury and Yeovil Junction and will run via Westbury. Some trains will only run between London Waterloo and Salisbury.
• Replacement bus services will run between Salisbury and Yeovil Junction, calling at the normal stations on this route.
• A revised timetable will run between Yeovil Junction and Exeter.  Trains from Exeter will run earlier than normal as far as Salisbury.

Sunday 21 October:
All lines in the Salisbury area will be closed Sunday until late afternoon for track maintenance. During this time:

• A revised train service will run between London Waterloo and Andover.
• Bus services will run between Andover and Gillingham.
• The normal train service will run between Gillingham and Exeter St Davids.
• Buses will replace all train services between Salisbury and Romsey. A circular train service will run to and from Romsey via Southampton and Eastleigh.

Normal train services (except between Salisbury and Warminster) will resume from between 1600 and 1700 depending on location.

All the above changes will be reflected in journey planners as soon as possible. 

Frequently asked questions:

This FAQ section is designed to help provide background information and practical advice that we hope you find useful. If you do not find an answer to your question or would like to give us some feedback, please contact us.

Are there fast and slow buses from different stations?
Where will the buses call?
Will my ticket(s) be accepted on other Train Operators?
Will my ticket(s) be accepted on other local bus services?
Is there enough car parking at Crewkerne for additional customers?
Can Axminster or Honiton car park season tickets be used at stations where the trains are running?
Revised Timetable During Line Closures