I spent about half an hour at the new station and was somewhat taken aback by how over engineered it is. Comments have already been made about the smell as it is next door to the Exeter Energy Recovery Centre, a biomass recycling centre but that is nothing compared to the odour that used to come from Bridgwater Cellophane Works. There are certainly a lot of walkways and a very long footbridge to cater for mobility scooters etc presumably avoiding the cost of installing lifts. There is no direct footbridge from platform to platform. I thought I'd take a train photo from the bridge at the end of the platform but the parapet must be 6'6" and I'm 6-3. It's also got brackets on the rim so that further fencing can be added. The parallel road bridge which I've previously taken photos from has now had a fence added on top of the parapet. I timed my walk from the exit from platform 1 to the exit on platform 2 and it took three minutes to wind my way away from the tracks before coming over the bridge and heading away again before a U-turn brought me back to the platform. If you alight from a train at the opposite end of the station it will take 4-5 minutes to reach the opposite platform. On the plus side the wonderful canalside pub The Double Locks can now be reached in a 12-15 minute walk rather than 60 minutes from St Davids.. Marsh Barton station is just a few days old but has already acquired the nickname 'Double Locks Parkway'.
The trains are 43156 on the 2C69 09.00 Cardiff Central - Penzance with 43155 on the rear at Marsh Barton and 43378 & 43239 heading north with the 1S51 12.27 Plymouth going through to Glasgow Central viewed from the excellent canalside Double Locks pub.
Regards, Clive Smith
Some photos attached from this afternoon (5th July 2023) of 66104 and a rake of 38 CDA’s working the Goonbarrow - Fowey loaded clay.
Seen at St. Blazey foot crossing and Treesmill.
All the best, Jon Hird.