Upgrading St Erth station

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.

What’s happening

  • 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

  • By train
  • By car
  • By bus

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.

Help with your journey

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

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
  • improved accessibility
  • a new 422-space car park to the south of the station
  • relocation of bus stops from the main road to the station forecourt
  • improved cycle facilities

For more information visit https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/transport-and-streets/roads-highways-and-pavements/major-highway-schemes/st-erth-multi-modal-hub/

Improvements to the St Ives Bay Line timetable

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?
  • What work is being done?
  • Will the St Ives Bay Line be closed?
  • Are mainline services affected?
  • Why is it taking 3 weeks to complete?
  • Why is work being done during a busy time for the branch line?
  • Can’t we run branch line services into Platform 2 at St Erth?
  • Are there any alternative ways to get to St Ives?
  • What trains will run between Penzance and St Ives?