Looe Valley Line bridge renewal

In December, we introduced an improved timetable on the Looe Valley Line, featuring an hourly service throughout the day between Liskeard and Looe. We also introduced two trains an hour throughout the day 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. They will also depart earlier compared to normal train times (including Sandplace)
  • normal connections with trains at Liskeard remain the same

Replacement buses

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)

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?

Station Replacement bus stop location
Liskeard Level crossing outside Platform 3
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)
Causeland Duloe Village bus stops by the turning for the Community Shop (30 minutes’ walk from the station*)
Sandplace Station entrance
Looe 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.

Help with your journey

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

If you are not able to travel on one of our replacement bus services, we will arrange an accessible taxi for you free of charge.

Further upgrades in the South West

Location Dates What's happening
Truro to Penzance (including St Erth to St Ives)

Saturday 15 to Sunday 23 February

Sunday 1 March

Waterproofing of a viaduct at Hayle, as well as renewing track in Camborne and on the St Ives Bay Line.
Liskeard to St Austell (including Par to Newquay) Sunday 8 March Track renewals over a bridge in Par
Par to Newquay Weekends of 14/15 and 21/22 March Track renewals between St Columb Road and Quintrell Downs
Castle Cary to Taunton Saturday 14 to Sunday 29 March Bridge repairs over the River Parrett and River Tone
Crediton to Barnstaple Monday 30 March to Sunday 5 April Track renewals to raise speed limits and improving reliability

For details of all upgrades in the South West visit GWR.com/SWupgrade.

Frequently asked questions