Planters

In March 2017, several large planters and two smaller pots were installed on Platform 1 by a group of volunteers.

These planters, and two new ones recently installed on Platform 2, have now been adopted by a number of local community groups. Each planter has an original artwork on the front, created by its adoptive group, and is accompanied by a plaque that explains what the group does to support the community.

The work being undertaken is supported by South Western Railway, the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership and the Community Rail Network.

Railway Line Improvements

The Friends of Honiton Station are working with our colleagues in the Salisbury to Exeter Rail Users Group, to campaign for improvements to the rail service.

We are seeking:

  • An additional morning rush hour train from Honiton to Exeter at around 08.15;
  • Additional carriages on key trains;
  • And above all, we are campaigning for sections of double track between Honiton and Exeter to be reinstated, so that two trains an hour in each direction can run between these stations.

Community Noticeboard

In early 2020, South Western Railway installed on our behalf a new noticeboard next to the ticket machines. This was to be used as a community noticeboard, and be maintained by a member of the Friends. This board was replaced at the start of 2022 with a new board in the station car park.

Community groups running events, or wishing to pass on important messages to the community, can leave a notice no bigger than A4 at the Town Council Offices at the Beehive. These posters will then be collected by a volunteer for display on the noticeboard.

Future Plans for Our Line

Network Rail recently published proposals from the West of England Line Strategy Group for the future of the line. These include:

  • Re-instating the double track for 3km from Honiton Station towards Feniton;

  • A 6km section of double track from Whimple to near the M5 bridge outside Pinhoe;
  • A second platform at Cranbrook Station;
  • An extension to the existing loop at Tisbury, near Salisbury.

Later phases of work would see an extension of the double track section at Yeovil Junction, and an extension of the loops at Axminster and Gillingham.

We intend to campaign strongly in support of these proposals.

Display Area

In early 2020, a new large display board and bookcase were installed for us by South Western Railway in the station waiting room.

The bookcase contains a community book swap run by the station staff with our support. Travellers can pick up a book to enjoy on their journey. People can also make donations of suitable books directly to the station.

The display board is used for small community exhibitions. The present display is an exhibition of photographs telling the history of Honiton Station, which was created to coincide with the 160thanniversary of the opening of the railway through the town in 1860.

An illustrated commemorative booklet on the history of the station is available to read online by clicking this link.