Welcome to the Friends of Ashburton Station website.
We are currently campaigning to safeguard the future of Ashburton Station, a historic Great Western Railway branch line terminus located in South Devon.
The station is a unique Brunelian style structure, an important survivor of a bygone age. Initially revived as part of the current South Devon Railway, Ashburton was severed from the remainder of the steam railway in 1971 by the building of a trunk road.
The site is now under imminent threat of redevelopment.
We believe the station site is a historic asset of the town, and has potential to be exploited for the education, learning and enjoyment of future generations – perhaps as a railway terminus once again.
Our immediate aims are to safeguard the former Ashburton Station site, to protect the surviving railway infrastructure and ensure that any future development of the site does not compromise its heritage potential. We also aim to protect the original formation of the line from the station to Pear Tree Cross.
In the medium term, we aim to establish a heritage and educational centre at Ashburton Station celebrate the heritage of Ashburton and its railway.
We already have the support of several major heritage organisations, but we need you to support our campaign, too.