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  Brian Moseley, Plymouth
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RAILWAYS IN OLD DEVONPORT  |  GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY COMPANY
MAIN LINE, PLYMOUTH STATION (MILLBAY) TO LISKEARD STATION

SAINT BUDEAUX FERRY ROAD STATION

When the Cornwall Railway Company built their line from Plymouth to Cornwall the first stopping place after Devonport Station was at Saltash.

Saint Budeaux Platform was opened by the Great Western Railway Company for their new suburban service to Saltash Station on Wednesday June 1st 1904.

During 1906 the Up platform was extended to 410 feet in length and the Down platform to 407 feet.  A new booking office and waiting room was provided on the Up side and the waiting "alcove" from Ford Platform was erected on the Down platform at an estimated cost of 445.

According to the Great Western Railway Company's official "Traffic Dealt with at Stations and Depots", published circa 1936, in the calendar year 1913 Saint Budeaux Platform issued 133,321 railway tickets, dealt with 72 parcels and took in passenger income 1,967.  There were no goods facilities.  During the calendar year 1923 Saint Budeaux Platform issued 87.936 railway tickets plus 769 season tickets, dealt with 108 parcels and took in total receipts of 3,419.  Despite the introduction of the tramways during the calendar year 1929 Saint Budeaux Platform issued a staggering 142,916 railway tickets plus 356 season tickets, handled 117 parcels and took in passenger receipts of 2,821. 

It was unstaffed after 1937.

Saint Budeaux was not a block post station.  It was sandwiched between Saint Budeaux East Signal Box, at the junction of the Royal Naval Ordnance Depot Branch, and Saint Budeaux West Signal Box close to the one at the Royal Albert Bridge.

Upon nationalisation of the railway network as British Railways on January 1st 1948 the station became Saint Budeaux Ferry Road Station to distinguish it from the former Southern Railway Company one, Saint Budeaux Victoria Road Station.

On Weekdays and Sundays, 'where train service permits', commencing on May 1st 1953, the following cheap day return tickets, first and third class, were available from Saint Budeaux Ferry Road Station to: Bickleigh, 3 shillings (s) 9 pence (d) 1st, 2s 6d 3rd; Bittaford Platform, 5s 9d 1st, 3s 9d 3rd; Bodmin General, 9s 3d  1st class, 6s 3d 3rd class; Bodmin Road, 8s 1st, 5s 3d, 3rd; Brent, 6s 9d 1st, 4s 6d 3rd; Clearbrook Halt, 4s 6d 1st, 3s, 3rd; Cornwood, 4s 1st, 2s 9d 3rd; Doublebois, 6s 1st, 4s 3rd; Horrabridge, 5s 3d 1st, 3s 6d 3rd; Ivybridge, 4s 9d 1st, 3s 3d 3rd; Kingsbridge, 10s 6d 1st, 7s 3rd; Liskeard, 5s 3d 1st, 3s 6d 3rd; Looe, 8s 1st, 5s 3d 3rd; Lostwithiel, 9s 3d 1st, 6s 3d 3rd; Mary Tavy, 7s 9d 1st 5s 3d 3rd; Menheniot, 4sd 1st, 2s 9d 3rd; Plym Bridge Platform, 2s 9d 1st, 1s 9ds 3rd; Princetown, 8s 1st, 5s 3d 3rd; Saint Germans, 2s 6d 1st, 1s 8d 3rd; Shaugh Bridge Platform, 3s 9d 1st, 2s 6d 3rd; Totnes, 9s 1st, 6s 3rd; Whitchurch Down Platform, 6s 1st, 4s 3rd; Wranagton, 6s 1st, 4s 3rd; and Yelverton, 4s 9d 1st, 3s 3d 3rd.  One has to wonder why Dousland, Burrator and Sheepstor Halt, Ingra Tor Halt and King Tor Halt were omitted from this offer.  It will also be noted that while Whitchurch Down Platform and Mary Tavy were included both Tavistock South and Lydford were not.

According to the "The Official Hand-book of Station 1956" Saint Budeaux Ferry Road Station only dealt with passengers, parcels and miscellaneous traffic.

The Station is still open, albeit with much reduced passenger accommodation.