Station code SJP
DfT category F2
Opened 26 January 1906
|Grid reference SX925934|
Managed by Great Western Railway
Number of platforms 2
|Address Exeter EX4 6QF, United Kingdom|
Original company London and South Western Railway
Similar Polsloe Bridge railway st, St James Park, Digby and Sowton railway st, Exeter St Thomas railway st, Topsham railway station
St James Park railway station is a suburban railway station in Exeter, Devon, England. The station is adjacent to the Exeter City F.C football ground. Great Western Railway manage the station and operate the train services.
A small station named Lion's Holt Halt was opened in the cutting west of Blackboy Tunnel on 26 January 1906. Mount Pleasant Road Halt was opened at the same time to the east of the tunnel but was closed in 1928.
The name of Lion's Holt was changed to "St James Park" on 7 October 1946, the name of the Exeter City F.C. football ground, which is next to the station. The club has adopted the station under the community railways scheme and contributes to its upkeep.
Although there are two platforms, the northernmost platform (Platform 2 - toward Exmouth) is very short (about 37m) and can only be served by a one or two (20m) coach train. Other train formations such as a Class 158 must use selective door opening or single door opening. The Exeter-bound platform (Platform 1) is about 73m in length.
Most trains that call at St James Park are Avocet Line services between Exmouth and Exeter St Davids. Beyond St Davids they generally continue to Paignton or, less frequently, to Barnstaple. A few trains terminate or start at St James' Park instead of continuing to Exmouth; these use a siding at Exmouth Junction to reverse direction. Four trains on summer Sundays are provided through to Okehampton. Connections are available at Exeter Central for Pinhoe and stations to London Waterloo as these trains run through St James Park without stopping; passengers for other main line stations change at Exeter St Davids.