Tavistock is a proposed station on a reopened Exeter – Okehampton – Plymouth line, known as the Northern Route.

Read about the Northern Route reopening scheme

Prior to their closure, there were two stations in Tavistock: Tavistock North, on the Exeter to Plymouth line via Bere Alston, and Tavistock South, on the line from Launceston to Plymouth via Yelverton.

Tavistock North station

The station was closed 6 May 1968. As it continued to be lived in by the former station-master and then his widow until 1999, the buildings have remained remarkably unaltered since its closure. The station building has been restored and converted into three self-catering cottages. The stationmaster’s house is being restored as a private dwelling, while the goods yard, now known as Kilworthy Park, houses the offices of West Devon Borough Council. The track bed for about one mile (1.6 km) south of Tavistock North station is open to the public as a footpath and nature reserve, and it is possible to walk across the viaducts that overlook the town.

Source: Tavistock North railway station – Wikipedia.
Location of former and proposed stations in Tavistock

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Proposed Tavistock to Bere Alston railway re-instatement and associated multi-use trails. Source: Devon County Council  – URL concealed but graphic is included here: Tavistock to Bere Alston railway: re-instatement and associated trail routes – Environmental Impact Assessment, Screening and Scoping Report by Devon County Council (pdf; 117pp—October 2014) | Enlarge map

Tavistock South station

Across the River Tavy at Tavistock South station, passenger services were withdrawn in 1962 but goods traffic continued until 1964.

Source and more information: South Devon and Tavistock Railway – Wikipedia.

Location of a new Tavistock station

The Northern Route Working Group has not yet announced its preferred location for a new station in Tavistock.

Devon County Council, which has advocated the reinstatement of the line from Bere Alston to Tavistock (but not beyond) has proposed a station site to the south of Callington Road to serve a new housing development.

The trackbed between Callington Road and the former Tavistock North station is intact, although it passes very close to some residential properties and the alignment is lost to the grounds of Mount Kelly School in the Lydford direction.

Further reading

Rail infrastructure upgrades for the Great South West: A discussion paper by Lord Berkeley and Michael Byng, 20 July 2020 (pdf; 9pp)

Tavistock map, Ordnance Survey, 1944

South West rail plan: viable prospects or flights of fancy? in Rail magazine, issue dated 23 September – 6 October 2020, in which Andrew Roden examines the proposals made by Lord Berkeley (Tony Berkeley) and Michael Byng in their discussion paper.

Lines and stations discussed

Bodmin Parkway – Padstow line

Bodmin General – Fowey line

Newquay – Truro line

Northern Route (Exeter – Okehampton – Plymouth)

West Somerset line (Taunton – Minehead)