We’re helping to turn St Erth into a transport hub for the future
Since 2017, work has been taking place at St Erth to transform the station into a Park & Ride hub for St Ives, ready for summer 2019.
When fully open, it will provide opportunities for car users to switch to more sustainable transport with better integrated rail, bus, bike and walking facilities for all.
To help safely manage the anticipated rise in passengers, a key part of the hub is to widen Platform 3 which serves branch line trains to St Ives.
from Tuesday 7 to Friday 31 May 2019, Platform 3 (St Ives-bound platform) at St Erth will be closed
most trains to/from St Ives will start/terminate at Lelant Saltings instead of St Erth
replacement buses will operate between St Erth and Lelant Saltings
Important information: Online journey planners for this period were updated on Friday 5 April. If you have booked a ticket before this date, please double check before travelling.
Travelling to St Ives and Carbis Bay
main line services between Plymouth and Penzance will run as normal
change at St Erth for replacement buses to Lelant Saltings. Trains run every 30 minutes between Lelant Saltings and St Ives*
alternatively, use local buses direct to St Ives. See the ‘by bus’ section for details
*Not all trains stop at Carbis Bay. Please check carefully before travelling.
Lelant Saltings Park & Ride is the best way to get to St Ives. Forget the hassle of trying to find a car park space in the town and enjoy a train ride on one of the most scenic railway lines in the country
the Park & Ride will be open throughout May
trains run every 30 minutes for most of the day between Lelant Saltings and St Ives
Note: Unless travelling on main line services, please avoid parking at St Erth station.
First Kernow will accept all valid rail tickets on the following services (buses stop outside the station except where mentioned):
A17 – Penzance – St Erth – Lelant (village centre) – Carbis Bay (village centre) – St Ives (bus station). Bus times – Until 25 May or From 26 May.
T2 – Truro – Redruth – Camborne (bus station) – Hayle – Lelant (village centre) – Carbis Bay (village centre) - St Ives (bus station). Bus times – Until 25 May or From 26 May.
St Ives bus station is a short walk away from the railway station and the town centre.
Leave plenty of time to make your journey
We will run regular replacement buses between St Erth and Lelant Saltings, but journeys may still take longer than normal.
Travelling back from St Ives?
If you’re travelling from St Ives and need to connect at St Erth for trains to Penzance, Plymouth, Exeter and beyond, we recommend allowing up to an hour for this.
Be aware that the last daytime train from St Ives with a connection towards London Paddington leaves at 17:04 on weekdays, 17:02 on Saturdays and 17:15 on Sundays.
St Ives Food & Drink Festival
Cornwall’s biggest food and drink festival runs from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 May.
We will provide additional capacity on our trains between Lelant Saltings and St Ives during this time to help you enjoy the event. Queuing systems will be in place at St Erth (for replacement buses), Lelant Saltings and St Ives stations.
Our replacement buses between St Erth and Lelant Saltings are likely to be busy on these days so please consider alternative options such as local buses or the Park & Ride at Lelant Saltings.
Please be aware that the Penzance-bound platform at St Erth is inaccessible for customers unable to use the footbridge. Our Assisted Travel team will advise you on your alternative options when booking.
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.
St Erth Park & Ride
From Saturday 1 June, St Erth will become the new Park & Ride location for St Ives. The existing Park & Ride at Lelant Saltings will be closed.
Improvements to St Erth station include:
larger ticket office and waiting area
a new 422-space car park to the south of the station
relocation of bus stops from the main road to the station forecourt
From Saturday 1 June, we will also introduce a new timetable on the St Ives Bay Line featuring:
all trains stopping at Carbis Bay, doubling the daytime frequency of trains
additional trains stopping at Lelant, improving the service for local residents
improved journey times and punctuality
Note: As a result of the Park & Ride switching to St Erth, only a limited number of trains will continue to stop at Lelant Saltings.
Frequently asked questions
Where is the work taking place?
Platform 3 at St Erth station (affecting St Ives Bay Line trains).
What work is being done?
The entire length of Platform 3 will be extended out towards the second bay line, creating a single bay for passenger trains, and a shorter spur for stabling other trains.
Will the St Ives Bay Line be closed?
Trains will continue to run between Lelant Saltings and St Ives with replacement buses connecting to/from St Erth.
Are mainline services affected?
Trains will continue to run as normal. Don’t forget that the timetable changes from Sunday 19 May will mean more services on the Cornish main line (two trains an hour).
Why is it taking 3 weeks to complete?
St Erth station is Grade II listed, so any upgrades need to be completed in a way that is sympathetic to the heritage of the station. For example, instead of normally installing ready-made platform sections, the platform extension will need to be hand-laid with concrete slabs. As a result, the time taken to do the work will be longer than normal.
Why is work being done during a busy time for the branch line?
We have done everything possible to avoid this busy period, however, programme constraints meant that this wasn’t an option.
Cornwall Council will be ready to open the new Park & Ride facility at the station from June and to ensure customers can safely access the platform/train interface, the work needs to be completed.
Can’t we run branch line services into Platform 2 at St Erth?
There are constraints in the timetable that don’t allow us to run a regular service into St Erth. The timetable changes from 19 May reduces this possibility even further.
Are there any alternative ways to get to St Ives?
The bus station at St Ives is just a short walk away from the railway station. We have requested ticket acceptance with First Kernow buses on the following routes:
A17 between Penzance, St Erth and St Ives. Services run every 30 minutes during most of the day (hourly at other times and Sundays)
T2 between Truro, Redruth, Camborne, Hayle and St Ives. Services run every 30 minutes during most of the day (hourly at other times and Sundays)
16/16A between Penzance and St Ives (service frequency varies)
What trains will run between Penzance and St Ives?
Any St Ives Bay Line train in the normal timetable that is due to start/terminate at Penzance will continue to do so. These are in the early morning/late evening. Due to constraints in the timetable, we are unable to extend any other services.