UK Transport Minister Susan Kramer has cut the first turf on the new £1.5m railway station at Newcourt, Exeter, marking the start of construction on the first of five government-funded stations.
The Newcourt railway station is being built as part of the Devon County Council project, which is part-funded by the UK Department for Transport’s New Station Fund. The remaining costs will be met by developer contributions.
First Great Western and Network Rail are both supporting the project that will see the construction of a new platform and shelter.
The new station will be equipped with a ticket machine, passenger information system, secure cycle parking and disabled parking spaces and CCTV. It will be served by a half-hourly local service between Exeter St David’s and the Exmouth branch line.
Kramer said: "We have big ambitions for our railways, which is why we have embarked on the biggest programme of modernisation since the Victorian era, with more than £38bn being spent over the next five years to provide better journeys for millions of passengers."
Contractor Dyer and Butler will carry out the work, which is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
On a separate development, Kramer also opened the new £13m car parking facility at Bristol Parkway station.
In addition to the existing 1,100 parking spaces, this new multi-storey car park will provide an extra 710 parking spaces to serve the increasing number of passengers using the facility.
Image: Baroness Kramer visits Newcourt railway station site. Photo: courtesy of UK Department for Transport.