Passengers urged to plan ahead as Hayle Viaduct is set for 7m improvement work

Tuesday 21st October 2014
First Great Western is encouraging passengers to check journey times between Truro and St Erth in November, as Network Rail renews parts of the Hayle Viaduct.

From Saturday 8 to Sunday 23 November the railway line between Truro and St Erth will be closed to allow these important improvement works to take place.

High Speed services will terminate and start from Truro with a number of trains re-timed. Sleeper services from London Paddington will terminate at Plymouth, and those travelling to the capital will start from Truro – except on Sunday 9 and 16 November where they will start from Plymouth. Rail and bus connections will be available to passengers for completing their journeys.

First Great Western General Manager, West, David Crome said:

“This is a large investment to both improve and maintain the railway infrastructure in Cornwall for the communities that we serve. 

“We have made every effort to minimise the disruption caused by the line closure, and we strongly advise passengers to check our website for alternative travel information.”

Advice to passengers regarding service changes

  • London Paddington to/from Penzance: Services will terminate and start from Truro with a number of trains re-timed
  • Sleeper services: Services from London Paddington will terminate at Plymouth, and those travelling to the capital will start from Truro – except on Sunday 9 and 16 November where they will start from Plymouth. There will be connecting road / rail services from stations west of Plymouth. Full details of changes to usual Sleeper services can be found at www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk/autumn2014
  • Falmouth branch line: Service will operate normally with the exception of Sundays 9 and 16 November where they will be replaced by buses. This is to allow for track renewal work in the Truro station area
  • Between Penzance, St Erth and St Ives: Services will run throughout but usual train times will be revised
  • Between Penzance and Truro: A bus service will be in operation with fast services that will call at St Erth only and stopping services calling at all intermediate stations
  • Passengers are advised to check www.journeycheck.com/firstgreatwesternbefore travelling
  • From 22 October 2014 to 5 December 2014 the car park at Hayle station will also be closed for Network Rail to carry out the work
The timber structures within Hayle Viaduct have deteriorated and Network Rail will be carrying out the essential £7 million works to repair the viaduct, repair bridges along the route and renew the track in the area during three weeks in November. 

Scott Pillinger, Network Rail’s Project Manager, said: 

“This work is essential to minimise service disruptions in the future and further closures of the line. We understand that this temporary closure could inconvenience those who live and work in the area, and we have been working closely with First Great Western to minimise disruption as much as possible.”