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Modernising signals in the south west

Signalling improvements will affect train services in Devon and Cornwall this spring.

Cornwall signalling upgrade

In Cornwall Network Rail is carrying out a multi-million pound programme to improve the signalling. This work will see the replacement of older-style signals and signalling equipment with brand-new, modern technology. Once complete, this will help to improve train service reliability and reduce delays incurred by signalling issues.

In order for this work to be done, the Cornish Main Line will be temporarily closed in phases between Tuesday 27 February and Sunday 10 March 2024 with buses replacing trains on affected routes.

Devon signalling upgrade

In Devon Network Rail is currently carrying out overnight upgrade work to improve the signalling between Totnes and Plymouth.

In March, a seven-day closure of the line will be required in order to complete the work. As a result, the railway between Totnes and Plymouth will be closed between Saturday 16 and Friday 22 March. This will include Exeter St Davids to Newton Abbot over the weekend and on most weeknights during this period.

When trains will be affected

Tuesday 27 February to Sunday 10 March inclusive

This closure will affect trains in Cornwall over three phases:

  • Tuesday 27 February to Sunday 3 March – line closed between St Austell and St Erth (including the branch line to Falmouth Docks)
  • Monday 4 to Friday 8 March – line closed between Liskeard and St Erth (including branch lines to Newquay and Falmouth Docks)
  • Weekend of 9 and 10 March – line closed between Plymouth and St Erth (including branch lines to Looe, Newquay and Falmouth Docks)

Saturday 16 to Thursday 21 March inclusive

This closure will affect trains in Devon over two phases:

  • Weekend of 16 and 17 March – line closed between Exeter St Davids and Plymouth
  • Monday 18 to Thursday 21 March – line closed between Totnes and Plymouth (extending to Exeter St Davids after 21:40 each night)

How services will be affected

Night Riviera sleeper service

While these upgrades take place, the Night Riviera will run to an amended schedule.

For more information and a full list of dates the Night Riviera is affected visit our Night Riviera Sleeper page.

Replacement buses

Shortage of replacement buses

Due to a national shortage of bus drivers, we may have to reduce our planned timetable. If we do need to make changes, we’ll confirm these in advance here. We strongly recommend allowing plenty of time to make your journey if it involves a replacement bus as capacity may be limited.

Ticket acceptance on local buses

To help with expected shortages in replacement buses, we have agreed ticket acceptance on a number of local bus routes. Customers can travel anywhere on the route the bus serves by presenting a valid rail ticket to the driver.

Tuesday 27 February to Sunday 10 March

Route Key locations served (all locations are near railway stations unless stated)
T1 Truro – Redruth – Camborne (bus station) – Hayle – St Erth (main road) – Penzance
T2 Truro – Redruth – Camborne (bus station) – Hayle – St Ives
U1 Newquay – Truro – Perranarworthal (for Perranwell) – Penryn – Killigrew Street (for Penmere) – Falmouth (Moor)
U2 Camborne (bus station) – Redruth – Penryn – Killigrew Street (for Penmere) – Falmouth (Moor)
U4 Penzance – Penryn – Killigrew Street (for Penmere) – Falmouth (Moor)
27 St Austell – Truro (bus station)

Monday 4 to Sunday 10 March

Route Key locations served (all locations are near railway stations unless stated)
11 Plymouth – Saltash (Fore Street) – Menheniot (A38) – Liskeard (town) – Bodmin Parkway – Bodmin (town)
25 Newquay – Quintrell Downs – St Austell - Par
26 St Austell – Bugle – Roche – Bodmin (town)
28 St Austell – Lostwithiel

Replacement bus stop locations

Buses will stop at the front of the station, except at the following locations.

Station Replacement bus stop location
Bugle Entrance to Valley View Park before the railway bridge and entrance to Station Road
Causeland Duloe village bus stops by the turning for the Community Shop
Camborne Station car park
Dawlish Warren Bus stops on main road by the turning circle
Exeter St Thomas Cowick Street bus stops by shopping precinct (to Exeter St Davids) or bus stop outside the station (to Newton Abbot)
Falmouth Town Bus stop on the main road at the side of the station, by the bridge
Hayle To Penzance – bus stop on Penpol Terrace near Lloyds Bank
To Truro – bus stop on Penpol Terrace near the McColls store
Lostwithiel All buses depart from the St Austell-bound bus stop on the A390, opposite the Royal Talbot
Luxulyan On the main road at the station entrance
Marsh Barton Bus stops on Grace Road Central
Par Eastcliffe Road bus stops near the station approach road
Penmere Penmere Hill
Quintrell Downs Bus stops either side of the level crossing
Redruth To Penzance – bus stop at the front of the station
To Truro – bus stop on the opposite side of the road by the traffic lights
Saltash Fore Street bus stops, near the Co-Op store
St Germans End of the station approach road on the Platform 1 side of the station
St Keyne Wishing Well Halt St Keyne village bus stops by the turning for Lametton Bungalows
Starcross Bus stops on A379 outside the station

Can’t see your station in this list?

This means that replacement buses will stop at the front of the station or in the station car park.

For details of replacement bus stop locations at any station in Great Britain, visit the National Rail website.

Facilities on replacement buses

Buses on main line routes

We will provide coaches on most replacement bus services. Most of these will be equipped with toilet facilities which can be used at the driver’s discretion.

On services operating between Plymouth and Penzance, there will also be a 10-minute pause at St Austell on all services to allow customers to use the toilets at the station if required.

Buses on branch line routes

Buses replacing trains on branch lines will normally be single or double-decker buses with no toilet facilities.

Have a question about our replacement buses?

Please visit our Replacement Buses page for all the information you need, including:

  • Types of replacement buses we use
  • Travelling with animals, bikes, pushchairs or large items of luggage
  • Changing between train and bus
  • Accessibility

Help with your journey

If you are not able to travel on our replacement services, an accessible taxi can be arranged for you. You can do this by:

  • Booking assistance through our Passenger Assist programme
  • Speaking to a member of staff at the station on the day of travel*
  • Using the Help Point available at all of our stations on the day of travel*

*please allow additional time as an accessible taxi may not be available immediately. Booking in advance is the best way to ensure a smooth journey.

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