Looe Valley Line bridge renewal

In December 2019, 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 Saturday 7 and Tuesday 10 November 2020, 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.

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What you need to know

  • buses will leave at different times compared to the normal train timetable. Journeys on some buses will also take longer than normal
  • buses will call in St Keyne and Duloe villages instead of St Keyne and Causeland stations. They will also depart at different times compared to normal train timetable (including Sandplace)
  • no services will run on Sunday 8 November

Our travel advice

While we work to get back to normal, we may sometimes have to change our timetables.

Please check your journey before you travel.

If we do change things after you buy a ticket, you can use any reasonable alternative service or claim a full refund. In addition to this:

  • allow plenty of time – Journeys involving a replacement bus will take longer than normal
  • wear a face covering – You are required to wear a face covering in order to travel by public transport. This includes replacement buses
  • adhere to social distancing guidelines – We’ll have markers and signs around our stations but please also be mindful of this when boarding/leaving trains and replacement buses

Replacement buses

Our replacement buses will provide a great alternative during the upgrades.

Buses will run on the following routes:

  • Liskeard – St Keyne Village – Duloe Village (for Causeland) – Sandplace – Looe
  • Liskeard – Looe (non-stop)
  • 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 Bus stops near the station
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.

Travelling to/from Coombe Junction Halt?

As we cannot run our replacement buses to the station, a taxi will operate between Liskeard and Coombe Junction Halt.
Customers can request this by using the Help Point at either station, speaking to the staff at Liskeard or by calling 03457 000 125 (standard network charges apply. Calls from mobiles may be higher).

A387 road closure

In order for Network Rail to carry out their work on the railway line, the A387 between Looe and Sandplace will be closed to traffic.

This closure directly affects replacement buses which stop at our intermediate stations as these will need to use the diversionary route in place, adding approximately 15 minutes to journey times.

Buses running non-stop between Liskeard and Looe are not affected by this closure.

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.

Frequently asked questions

  • Where is the work taking place?
  • What is being done?
  • Why is it taking place during the week?
  • I usually park my car at Looe. Can I use Liskeard instead?
  • How long do the buses take?
  • Where can I find timetable information?
  • I’m planning a long-distance trip. When can I book Advance tickets or reserve a seat?
  • Are there any luggage restrictions on replacement buses?