Trains to Newton Abbot

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Newton Abbot is a market town set around River Teign in Teignbridge District of Devon. In the Victorian area the town economy grew significantly thanks to the South Devon Railway locomotive works. Up until after the Second World War and for over 600 years the town’s economy flourished thanks to the woollen and leather industry, it is now changed into industrial based businesses. Up until 1981, the rail industry contributed to the town’s prosperity thanks to South Devon Railway and later British Railways locomotive works. Newton Abbot historic town was thriving with tanners, boot and shoe makers, glovers and saddlers. The town attracts thousands of visitors each year travelling to town to visit Newton Abbot Racecourse set in Decoy Country Park. For the last 750 years on Wednesday the town host the bustling New Town Abbots market taking place over the former river Lemon. Visitors travelling by train are advised to purchase train tickets to Newton Abbot in Advance to benefit from special rates and early online booking discounts.

The South Devon railway first reached Newton Abbot in 1846, the same year South Devon Railway Company opened the station in town. It significantly contributed to transforming the sleepy market town into an industrial hub characterised by timber yards and brass foundry. It distances 20 miles (32.4 km) from Exeter St David’s and 214 miles (344.5 km) from London Paddington. The station is managed by Great Western Railway and it serves CrossCountry trains.

Today Newton Abbot station is characterised by a large clock on the front facade of the station building dated 1927. It is accessible via the east-end of Queen Street, through a couple of steps up to the station concourse travellers can find a ticket office and a café. The ticket office is open seven days a week with the following opening hours. Monday to Friday from 05:50am to 7:10pm. Saturdays from 06:10am until 5:50pm and on Sundays from 8:45am until 7:45pm. The main entrance leads to Platform 3. The station is accessible throughout. Access to the platforms is controlled by ticket barriers. The station is equipped with three platforms serving passenger trains. A bridge connects to platforms 1 and 2. Travellers with accessibility requirements have the option to select a step-free route coming from the taxi rank located outside South Devon House on the south side of the building. Platform 3 services trains running on the main line and operated by Great Western Railway directed to London, the north of England and Scotland. CrossCountry operates trains via Birmingham directed to Manchester, as well as trains directed to Leeds and Newcastle and to Glasgow Central, Dundee and Aberdeen. Platform 2 serves trains to Plymouth and Penzance, including the overnight Night Riviera, the daytime Cornish Riviera Express and the midday Torbay Express to Paignton. Platform 1 is mainly used by trains running on the Riviera Line to and from Paignton. The town train station is located at the junction for the branch to Paignton and it offers the following train services.

The station is offers travellers car parking facilities and bicycles racks. CCTV and Wi-Fi operate at this station. The bustling town is only a short walk away, it is characterised by numerous retail outlets, cafes and pubs. Visitors should start planning their visit and secure train ticket to Newtown Abbot, the town has a wide range of attractions to entertain the entire family. Starting from Tucker's Maltings, the only traditional malt house in Great Britain open to the public, that is just two-minute walk away from the station. Heritage lovers can find at the centre the ancient St Leonard tower, the remains of the medieval chapel of St Leonard, founded in 1220. It was demolished in 1836 to ease traffic congestion. Book train tickets to Newton Abbot and avoid traffic congestion to attend in September, the yearly historic Cheese and Onion Fayre held in the town centre in honour of Saint Leonard. The Passmore Edwards centre is the former town’s Public Library was opened in 1904, it is one of the most impressive buildings in elaborated Renaissance style in Newton Abbot designed by the Cornish architect Silvanus Trevail. The building was renovated in 2010–2012 and it now combines a library and functions as a multi-purpose facility. Alexandra Theatre was built in 1871 originally with the purpose of a corn exchange at the end of the market building, throughout the years it has been used as a meeting hall and theatre, but it is today a two-screen cinema.