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.
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
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?
Replacement bus stop location
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)
Duloe Village bus stops by the turning for the Community Shop (30 minutes’ walk from the station*)
Bus stops near 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.
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.
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?
Network Rail will be working between Sandplace and Looe.
What is being done?
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 Wednesday 11 November.
Why is it taking place during the week?
The type of work involved means that it cannot be done at weekends or during the night. Network Rail are doing this work in November as this is when services are usually quieter and to help keep disruption to a minimum.
I usually park my car at Looe. Can I use Liskeard instead?
Yes, normal parking charges apply at both stations during the work.
How long do the buses take?
Due to the A387 road closure, replacement buses that stop at intermediate stations will take around 45 minutes to travel between Liskeard and Looe.
Journey times on non-stop replacement buses will be similar to normal train times.
Where can I find timetable information?
Updated timetable information will be available from around mid-October. You can find train/bus times when planning a journey on our Train Times page. You can also produce your own printable timetable by going to nationalrail.co.uk.
I’m planning a long-distance trip. When can I book Advance tickets or reserve a seat?
We are expecting Advance tickets to be available to buy from around mid-October.
Are there any luggage restrictions on replacement buses?
Unfortunately, we cannot accept any of the following:
large items of luggage
bikes (excluding folding bikes)
dogs (excluding assistance dogs)
Pushchairs are permitted but must be folded up and stored as luggage.