Upgrading the railway in East Cornwall

Updated December 2020

March 2021


What’s happening?

Network Rail will be working in the East Cornwall area this March to renew two bridges on the main line between Plymouth and Penzance. They will also use the time to renew track to help our services to run more reliably.

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 on some days.

What you need to know:

  • train services will be affected in different ways on different dates. Check the table below for more details
  • replacement buses will run on various routes from Monday 1 to Friday 5 March, and then at weekends on 13/14, 20/21 and 27/28 March
  • check train times from February – online journey planners will not show the correct train service until early February. We’ll update this web page when everything is ready

Our travel advice:

  • allow plenty of time – Journeys involving replacement buses will take longer than usual. Check carefully before travelling
  • wear a face covering – Unless exempt, you are required to wear a face covering in order to travel on public transport. This includes replacement buses
  • adhere to social distancing guidelines – We’ll have markers and signs around our stations but please also take care when boarding/leaving trains and replacement buses


Download a larger version of this table here.

How your journey will be affected

Click on the dates below to see how train services will be affected:

  • Monday 1 to Friday 5 March
  • Weekend of 13/14 March
  • Weekdays from Monday 15 to Friday 26 March
  • Weekends of 20/21 and 27/28 March

Where to catch our Replacement buses

Main line

Station Replacement bus stop location
Plymouth To be confirmed
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
Liskeard Front of the station
Bodmin Parkway Front of the station
Lostwithiel Outside the Royal Talbot Hotel on the corner of Duke Street
Par Eastcliffe Road bus stops near the station approach road
 St Austell

1 to 5 March – Bus station outside ticket office

13/14, 20/21 and 27/28 March – Station car park behind Platform 2
 Truro Front of the station

Plymouth to Gunnislake (including Plymouth suburban stations)

Station  Replacement bus stop location  
Plymouth To be confirmed
Devonport Albert Road bus stops adjacent to Exmouth Road
Dockyard Keyham Road (B3396) bus stops, near the turning for Keat Street
Keyham Saltash Road (B3396), next to the HMS Drake Barracks
St Budeaux Ferry Road Wolseley Road bus stops. Outside Lloyds Bank (to Plymouth). Opposite Lloyds Bank (to Liskeard).
Bere Ferrers At the end of the station approach road
Bere Alston Station car park
Calstock Bus stop at the junction joining Laing Gardens and Sand Lane
Gunnislake Station car park

Liskeard to Looe

Station Replacement bus stop location
Liskeard Front of the station
Coombe Junction Halt South entrance by the level crossing to Coombe House
St Keyne Wishing Well Halt St Keyne village bus stops by the turning for Lametton Bungalows
Causeland Duloe village bus stops by the turning for the Community Shop
Sandplace Bus stop near the station
Looe Bus stop outside the station

Other useful information

Changes to car parking

Between Monday 1 and Friday 5 March, around 25% of car park spaces at Par will be closed to help with the safe operation of our replacement buses.

If you are looking to park here between these dates, you may wish to consider other options such as replacement buses or parking at another station.

Travelling with a bike

Bikes must be reserved on all our long-distance services. This can be done at GWR.com, at all our staffed stations or by calling our Customer Support Team.

Assisted travel

It is best to let us know in advance if you need help. To find out more visit GWR.com/PassengerAssist.

Frequently asked questions

  • Why are the lines being shut?
  • Where is the work taking place?
  • What work is being done?
  • Which services are affected?
  • What days are replacement buses running?
  • When will trains run as normal?
  • I travel between Truro and Penzance. Will I need to use a bus?
  • Are branch line services in Cornwall affected?
  • Where the railway line is open, will a normal service run?
  • Where can I find timetable information?
  • When can I book Advance tickets?

Still have questions?

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