In partnership with Network Rail and the Department for Transport, train operator GWR is expanding its existing Exeter Olds View Depot train maintenance facility in the city to accommodate an increase in its fleet size in Devon and Cornwall
The new depot will be built next to Exeter St. Davids station and will provide enhanced modern servicing, cleaning and maintenance facilities when open in summer 2019. Plans include office and welfare facilities for staff.
GWR Regional Development Manager West, Matt Barnes said: “With brand new electric trains in operation on suburban London services and bi-mode Intercity Express Trains coming to the mainline in Devon and Cornwall this summer, this depot will allow us to expand the regional train fleet at Exeter – providing more carriages, and more frequent services to the area.”
Hochtief (UK) managing director, Lawrence Jackson said: “Our business will work in collaboration with the project team to provide an essential part of rail fleet improvements.
“The project will provide local employment and training through apprenticeships to provide a legacy from the construction work and the project team will liaise with local schools and colleges to inspire the next generation of construction workers.”