Tarka Line News

Judging took place on Wednesday 19th July in the Tarka Line Station Gardens Competition. The Friends of Copplestone Station retained the trophy they won last year.

The two judges, David Northey of Network Rail and Lewis Ward from GWR, were given the hard task of scoring the stations. The top 3 stations were as follows:

Station A B C D E F G H Total
1 Copplestone 76 74 36 39 36 34 39 35 369
2 Umberleigh 72 71 34 37 33 30 32 40 349
3 Chapelton 70 60 34 37 32 31 34 36 334

The categories were as follows:

A – Overall design and appearance

B – Choice & quality of plants to give a year-round


C – Health of plants (free of pests and diseases)

D – Cleanliness and tidiness of the station

E – Lack of weeds

F – Plants that attract birds and insects

G – Water Conservation (Mulch, ground cover & water


H – Evidence of environmentally friendly garden

techniques (encouraging or protecting wildlife)

I think those of you who use or visit the station will agree that Copplestone Station deserve this award as the overall station environment is so pleasant.


The redundant platform 2 at Barnstaple station has had work carried out by the National Citizen Service to tidy up, weed and replant the flower beds recently. This work was carried out with help from local businesses near the station, the Royal horticultural Society and the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership.


On Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October buses will replace trains between Crediton and Barnstaple in order to gain access to do essential maintenance to the line. This will mean a revised timetable on these days.  Outside of Devon a new platform is being built at Bristol Parkway between 19th August and 15th September which will mean some journey times will be extended in this area.

Alan Clark

Stations Officer  РTARKA Rail Association