Plymouth railway station

Plymouth Railway Station

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Plymouth railway station serves the city of Plymouth, Devon, England. It is situated on the northern edge of the city centre close to the North Cross roundabout. It has the largest number of passengers starting and finishing their journeys at any station in the county, and is the largest of the six surviving railway stations in the city, being the only one served by InterCity trains.

Originally named Plymouth North Road, it was opened in 1877 as a joint station for the Great Western Railway (GWR) and the London and South Western Railway (LSWR). It was expanded in 1908 but a major rebuilding scheme that started in 1938 was delayed by the Second World War and was not completed until 1962. John Betjeman commented unfavourably on its new form in his introduction to The Book of the Great Western:
:Plymouth (North Road) dullest of stations and no less dull now it has been rebuilt in copybook contemporary.


It is currently operated by First Great Western, being located on their Exeter to Plymouth line from London Paddington station, but also sees trains operated by CrossCountry. The Panel Signal Box at the station controls all trains between in Devon, and in Cornwall.

History

The first railway station in Plymouth was opened by the South Devon Railway on 2 April 1849 at Millbay, on the site now occupied by the Plymouth Pavilions. This company amalgamated with the GWR in 1876, just as the LSWR...
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