GD16 – Marsh Barton, Exeter, New Railway Station

Marsh Barton is Exeter’s largest trading estate, and one of the largest employment sites in the region, with around 6,000 existing jobs planned to increase to 8,000 jobs. The estate attracts large numbers of commuters in the peak periods, but has poor transport links. With extremely limited alternatives to the private car, the estate attracts considerable numbers of car trips through congested corridors including the A379, Bridge Road, Topsham Road, A377 Alphington Road and the junction at Countess Wear.

Around 6,000 new houses at South West Exeter and Newcourt – on top of growth elsewhere in Exeter, South and East Devon – will generate significant increases in travel. This will increase the pressure on these corridors, including the busiest and most congested of all of Exeter’s radial routes, as well as the local road network within Marsh Barton.

The project will deliver a new station at Marsh Barton immediately to the south of Clapperbrook Lane. The station will be served by the existing mix of local trains between Exeter and Newton Abbot.

The station will have two 124 metre platforms, capable of handling six car Class 150 multiple unit formations, lit to the latest NR LED lighting standards. The platforms will be connected by a footbridge, with steps and ramps, lit using handrail mounted LED lighting.

Each platform will include: Waiting Shelter; Ticket Vending Machine; CCTV security system; Customer Information System; Public Address System; Help Point; Station signage and information boards.


400 jobs and 810 dwellings by 2021.

Growth Deal Funding: £6.9m

Started on site: February 2016
Expected Completion:   March 2019

View schematic diagram of the project

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    David Ralph

    Chief Executive

    David Ralph started as Chief Executive of Heart of South West LEP at the beginning of June 2018. Previously, he had spent 5 years as CEO of the Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire (D2N2) LEP from 2013 where he oversaw the development of the D2N2 Strategic Economic Plan and sector strategies, 3 Growth Deals with HM Government to deliver a £1billion capital investment programme, securing and implementing £200m ESIF programme, the Derby and Nottingham Enterprise Zone, the D2N2 Skills Deal and Time for Innovation programme, community fund and led the executive team to develop the HS2 East Midlands hub. He was also closely involved in the proposed North Midlands Devolution Deal and one of the key architects in establishing the Midlands Engine, chairing the officer steering group. Whilst in this role David was a NED of the Nottingham Enterprise Zone, and Marketing NG, the Outer Estates Foundation and a Governor of Nottingham College and on the advisory Board of Nottingham Business School.

    Before the East Midlands, David was CEO of the Have Gateway Partnership working closely with local stakeholders including the ports of Felixstowe, Harwich and Ipswich and BT Adadastral Park across Suffolk and Essex and prior to that was Chief Exec of the Barton Hill New Deal for Communities programme in Bristol and the Nelm Development Trust in Norwich.

    David is a keen sailor, walker and trail runner.