Updated January 2022


What’s happening

Network Rail will be working in the West Cornwall area this March to renew track on the main line in the Truro area. Track renewals are an essential part of maintaining the railway to ensure trains are able to run more reliably. They will also use this time to undertake other essential maintenance as well as extend platforms on the St Ives Bay Line to allow longer trains to run.

To allow this work to take place, train services on the Cornish main line and some branch lines will be changed, with replacement buses operating.

What you need to know:

Over the weekend of 5/6 March
buses will replace trains between:
  • St Austell and Penzance
  • Truro and Falmouth Docks
  • St Erth and St Ives
An amended, hourly train service will continue to run between St Austell and Plymouth.

Planned Engineering for West Cornwall 2022

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From Monday 7 to Sunday 13 March
Buses will replace trains between:
  • Truro and Penzance
  • St Erth and St Ives
An amended, hourly train service will continue to run between Truro and Plymouth.

March 7 to 13 Planned Engineering map

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Our travel advice

  • check train times carefully – online journey planners have been updated to show the revised plans but these are subject to further change at late-notice
  • allow plenty of time – journeys involving a replacement bus will take longer than normal
  • check where replacement buses depart from – they may not stop near the station at some locations. See below for more details

How trains will be affected

One train an hour will run between Plymouth and St Austell/Truro during this period with additional services at peak times.

The table below gives a breakdown on the types of services that will be running:

Service type Frequency
Long-distance services One train every two hours.
Local services One train every two hours, with additional services at peak times.
CrossCountry services Two trains a day in each direction, weekdays only (one in the morning, and one in the late evening). No services at weekends.

Maritime Line

(Truro to Falmouth Docks)
When the line has reopened from Monday 7 March most trains will run at different times to normal. Check carefully before travelling.

Replacement buses will be timed to connect with trains at Truro.

Night Riviera Sleeper

Note: Due to overnight engineering work between 24 January and 17 March, the Night Riviera doesn’t run on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

London Paddington to Penzance

  • Night of Friday 4/Saturday 5 March – The train will terminate at Plymouth
  • Night of Sunday 6/Monday 7 March and night of Friday 11/Saturday 12 March – The train will terminate at Truro

Penzance to London Paddington

  • Night of Sunday 6/Monday 7 March – The train will start from Plymouth
  • Night of Friday 11/Saturday 12 March and night of Sunday 13/Monday 14 March – The train will start from Truro

Connecting services
When the sleeper starts/terminates at Plymouth, train services connecting with the sleeper will run to/from St Austell, Par, Lostwithiel, Bodmin Parkway and Liskeard. Replacement buses will run between St Austell and Penzance to connect with these services.

When the sleeper starts/terminates at Truro, replacement buses will run between Truro and Penzance to connect with the sleeper.

The First Class lounges at Penzance and Truro will be open as normal. These are available to sleeper customers with cabin reservations. To ensure the continued safety of our customers and staff, capacity in both lounges will be limited.

Replacement coaches and buses

Our replacement services will provide a great alternative during the upgrades. Arrival and departure times will usually be timed to connect with train services, ensuring journey times are kept to a minimum.

Weekend of 5/6 March 

Route Frequency End-to-end journey time
St Austell – Truro – St Erth – Penzance
Hourly (additional services at peak hours)
1 hour 40 minutes
St Austell – Truro – Redruth – Camborne – Hayle – St Erth – Penzance
Hourly (additional services at peak hours)
2 hours
Truro – Perranwell* – Penryn – Penmere – Falmouth Town – Falmouth Docks
Half-hourly 60 minutes
Monday 7 to Sunday 13 March

Route Frequency End-to-end journey time
St Austell – Truro – St Erth – Penzance
Hourly (additional services at peak hours)
1 hour 40 minutes
St Austell – Truro – Redruth – Camborne – Hayle – St Erth – Penzance
Hourly (additional services at peak hours)
2 hours
St Erth – Lelant** - Carbis Bay – St Ives
Half-hourly 25 minutes
*Not all buses will stop at this station
**Not all buses will stop at this station. One bus a day in each direction will also stop at Lelant Saltings (5 minutes journey time from St Erth)

Where to catch our replacement services

The table below shows the bus stop location for all stations affected:

Station Replacement bus location
Camborne

Front of the station

Carbis Bay
Outside the entrance to the station car park
Falmouth Town Bus stop on the main road at the side of the station, by the bridge
Falmouth Docks Station car park
Hayle To Penzance - bus stop on Penpol Terrace near Lloyds Bank
To Truro - bus stop on Penpol Terrace near the McColls store
Lelant Bus stops on the main road (A3074) in the village centre, outside the village hall
Lelant Saltings Woodlands bus stop on the main road (A3074)
Penmere Penmere Hill
Penryn Front of the station
Perranwell Bus stops outside the station
Penzance Penzance bus station (outside railway station)
Redruth Front of the station
St Austell Bus station, outside the rail station ticket office
St Erth Front of the station
St Ives Malakoff bus stop, The Terrace
Truro Front of the station 

Have any questions about our replacement buses?

Please visit our dedicated web page for all the information you need for travelling on replacement buses including:

  • types of replacement buses we operate
  • travelling with animals, bikes, pushchairs or large items of luggage
  • changing between train and bus
  • accessibility

Car parking

To accommodate our replacement bus operation, there will be parking alterations at:
  • Camborne - The north (ticket office) side car park will be closed. The main car park on the south side will remain open
  • Truro – the main car park will have reduced spaces
  • Par - 10 spaces will be closed in the station car park between Tuesday 1 and Monday 7 March

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 in advance at GWR.com/PassengerAssist
  • speaking to a member of staff at the station on the day of travel*
  • use 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.

Frequently asked questions

  • Where is the work taking place?
  • What work is being done?
  • Which services are affected?
  • I’m travelling between London and Cornwall. Will I need to use a bus?
  • What trains will run?
  • Are trains between Truro and Falmouth affected?
  • Why are there fewer trains running on the mainline?
  • Will the First Class Lounges still be open at Truro and Penzance?
  • Where can I find timetable information?
  • When can I book Advance tickets or make a seat reservation?
  • Are train tickets accepted on replacement buses?

Still have questions?

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