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Rural Connections

Inquiry into Exe Valley railway closure

News 1962 6 mins

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TV reporter Terry Fleet attends an inquiry at Tiverton by Devon County Council into the rail closure proposals following the 1962 Transport Act. The Exe Valley Railway, the isolation of rural communities and fears for the future of farming in the area are at stake. Chair of the Transport Users' Committee Major General Abraham and Mr Alfors of Heathcoat Mill are interviewed on the proposed closure of the line.

The Exe Valley Railway line from Bampton to Brampford Speke used to connect rural communities to the market town of Tiverton and the Bristol to Exeter Mainline which opened in 1844. In 1848 Tiverton Road station is renamed Tiverton Junction located at Willand. The Transport Act 1962 and Lord Beeching's railway reform cut a third of all lines including the Exe Valley line which closed in 1963. In 1986 Tiverton Parkway opened at the old station site of Sampford Peverell. The buildings at Willand are demolished in 1991 but the Tiverton loops and engineering sheds are still in use.