WORK is expected to begin on the construction of the new station in the autumn.
The provision of the station was delayed when the original contractor pulled out.
Network Rail is responsible for delivery of the platform works and had originally planned to appoint their preferred contractor in early January.
The contractor however pulled out just before the contract was awarded.
Network Rail then returned to its list of tenderers.
The replacement contractor, Balfour Beatty, was formally appointed in early June and, according to a report to be presented to the Devon and Exeter Rail Project Working Party this week, it has engaged with Parsons Brinckerhoff on the design of the platform.
Detailed design is expected to be carried out over the summer with construction starting in early autumn. Balfour Beatty’s original programme was looking to have substantial completion (station ready to open but contract not completed) by December 2014; however, the delay in appointing the contractors means that it is likely to open in January 2015, so long as weather permits.
The working party will also hear that Network Rail is looking at opportunities to streamline the programme to achieve an earlier opening.
The surfacing/final landscaping of the car park will follow within six weeks of completion of the platform works; however, efforts are being taken to carry these works out concurrently with the final stages of the platform contract to minimise delay to overall completion.