In December, we will introduce an improved timetable on the Looe Valley line, featuring an hourly service throughout the day between Liskeard and Looe. We will also introduce two trains an hour on the Cornish main line, improving connections and flexibility.
Between Tuesday 3 and Thursday 5 March, Network Rail will need to close the line between Liskeard and Looe to renew the decking of a canal bridge. Improving the structure will help to ensure we can keep our trains running reliably on this route.
What you need to know
buses will leave Liskeard and Looe at the same time as the normal train timetable with similar journey times
buses will call in St Keyne and Duloe villages instead of St Keyne and Causeland stations and depart earlier compared to normal train times (including Sandplace)
normal connections with trains at Liskeard remain the same
Our replacement buses will provide a great alternative during the upgrades. Arrival and departure times will be similar to normal trains in order to connect with train services at Liskeard to Plymouth and Penzance.
Buses will run on the following routes:
Liskeard – St Keyne Village – Duloe Village (for Causeland) – Sandplace – Looe (hourly)
Liskeard – Coombe Junction Halt (taxi on request)
Replacement buses from Liskeard and Looe will leave at the same time as the normal train timetable. Stops at St Keyne Village, Duloe Village (for Causeland) and Sandplace will be slightly earlier than the normal train timetable. Check carefully before travelling.
Where do I catch the replacement bus?
Replacement bus stop location
Front of the station
Coombe Junction Halt
Level crossing entrance, by the sign to ‘Coombe House’
St Keyne Wishing Well Halt
St Keyne Village bus stops by the turning for Lametton Bungalows (20 minutes’ walk from the station)
Duloe Village bus stops by the turning for the Community Shop (30 minutes’ walk from the station*)
Bus stops outside the station
*This walk from Causeland station to Duloe involves a very steep hill. We recommend walking to Sandplace instead which is an easier 30 minute walk.
The existing deck of a bridge over the Liskeard and Looe Union Canal is being replaced. To do this, the track above it needs to be removed. Once renewed with fresh decking, the ballast and track will be replaced, ready for the start of service on Friday 6 March.