Avocet Line

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Exeter-Exmouth "Avocet" Line
Principal stations (from north to south)

Exeter St Davids
Exeter Central
St James' Park
Polsloe Bridge
Digby & Sowton
Lympstone Commando
Lympstone Village

The Avocet Line is the railway line from Exeter to Exmouth, UK. The line follows the Exe Estuary for most of its route, giving views of the estuary. The line is named after the Pied Avocet, which live in the estuary.

The stations served by the route are listed below. The route follows the West of England Main Line in the suburbs of Exeter before diverging to the south.

At Exmouth, there is a ferry service to Starcross on the opposite shore of the River Exe.

Passenger services on the line are provided by First Great Western using Class 150 or Class 153 diesel multiple units (Class 153s rarely operate singly, they are usually attached to another unit). Under First Great Western the line may switch to using Pacers; this is apparently under the instructions of the DfT. The section in Exeter is shared with South West Trains West of England services to London Waterloo as far as Exmouth Junction (between St James Park and Polsloe Bridge). The daytime frequency is a train every 30 mins, although trains only stop once an hour at Polsloe Bridge, St James Park, Exton and Lympstone Commando. The latter two stations are request stops.

Railway lines in South-West England and the "Great Western" zone :
Main lines:  Cross-Country Route   Great Western Main Line
 Cherwell Valley Line   Gloucester-Newport Line   Exeter-Paignton "Riviera" Line   South Wales Main Line  
 Wessex Main Line   West of England Main Line   
Commuter lines:  Severn Beach Line   Slough-Windsor & Eton Line
Rural lines:  Exeter-Barnstaple "Tarka" Line   Exeter-Exmouth "Avocet" Line   Golden Valley Line   Heart of Wessex Line  
 Henley Branch Line   Looe Valley Line   Marlow Branch Line   Par-Newquay "Atlantic Coast" Line  
 St Ives Bay Line   Tamar Valley Line   Truro-Falmouth "Maritime" Line