Upgrading the railway in the South West of England

We are now delivering more seats and improved reliability across the South West. New Intercity Express Trains, specifically designed for journeys into Devon and Cornwall, plus electrification of the route between London Paddington and Newbury are providing greener and more comfortable journeys.

Network Rail are continuing their work to upgrade the railway in the South West, this means that sometimes we have to change our normal timetable. Improvement work usually takes place overnight or at weekends but in some cases it is necessary to carry out upgrades over a longer duration.

Major improvement works

Here is a summary of weekday improvement work in the South West that may affect your journey:

Crediton to Barnstaple
Saturday 26 October to Friday 8 November More information
Tiverton Parkway to Castle Cary/Weston-super-Mare

Saturday 9 to Thursday 14 November
More information
Plymouth to Gunnislake

Monday 9 to Thursday 12 December
More information
Truro to Penzance

Saturday 15 to Sunday 23 February 2020
Crediton to Barnstaple
Monday 30 March to Sunday 5 April

More information

Weekend only upgrades

Network Rail is also upgrading the railway in a number of areas in the South West at weekends:

Exeter to Exmouth
Sundays 8, 15 and 22 September
Liskeard to Par

Sunday 17 November
Par to Newquay

Weekends of 23/24 November and 30 November/1 December
Exeter St Davids to Plymouth
Weekend of 4/5 January
Exeter St Davids to Plymouth and Paignton
Weekend 11/12 January as well as Sundays 19 and 26 January
Truro to Penzance
Sunday 1 March
St Austell to Liskeard (including Par to Newquay)
Sunday 8 March
Par to Newquay
Weekends of 14/15 and 21/22 March

New timetable coming

From 15 December 2019, we will introduce a new timetable bringing improvements to many areas of the South West:

  • two trains an hour throughout the day between Plymouth and Penzance
  • additional stopping trains through Devon
  • two trains an hour between Exeter and Paignton
  • hourly service throughout the day on the Barnstaple and Looe branch lines

We’ll also improve our long-distance services:

  • London to Plymouth/Penzance trains will run non-stop between Reading and Taunton
  • additional train every two hours between London Paddington and Exeter St Davids, calling at Newbury, Pewsey, Westbury, Castle Cary and Taunton
  • faster average journey times

Don’t forget, always check before you travel, especially at weekends. You can find information on all upgrades across our network here.

Check your journey