Upgrading the St Ives Bay Line

Updated November 2020

Looking for improvement work affecting St Ives trains in December 2020? Visit our West Cornwall page.

The St Ives Bay Line is one of the nation’s favourite railway journeys as it weaves its way along four miles of coastline from St Erth to the picture-perfect town of St Ives. 

In May 2019, we completed a major upgrade of St Erth station with more car parking spaces, a wider platform and improved train/bus interchange facilities to improve your travel experience to St Ives.

To help provide a more comfortable journey and reliable service, Network Rail will be carrying a 5-week-long track renewal project on the branch line in early 2021. 

Download our St Ives upgrades e-leaflet to print and keep – CLICK HERE

What you need to know:

From Monday 4 January to Sunday 7 February 2021:
  • buses will replace trains between St Erth and St Ives
  • buses will run every 30 minutes with all services calling at Carbis Bay. Services will also call hourly at Lelant
  • replacement buses will depart at different times to normal trains in order to connect with trains at St Erth

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 coaches and buses

Our replacement services will provide a great alternative during the upgrades. Arrival and departure times will usually be timed to connect with train services, ensuring journey times are kept to a minimum.

  • buses will run every 30 minutes in each direction between St Erth, Carbis Bay and St Ives
  • one bus an hour will stop additionally at Lelant
  • one bus a day will stop at Lelant Saltings in each direction

Where to catch our replacement services

Station Replacement bus stop location
St Erth  Front of the station 
Lelant Saltings (limited service) Woodlands bus stops on the main road (A3074)
Lelant Bus stops on the main road (A3074) in the village centre, outside the village hall
Carbis Bay Outside the entrance to the station car park
St Ives Malakoff bus stop, The Terrace

Help with your journey

If you are not able to travel on our replacement services, an accessible taxi can be arranged for you. You can do this by:

  • booking in advance at GWR.com/PassengerAssist
  • speaking to a member of staff at the station on the day of travel*
  • use the Help Point available at all of our stations on the day of travel*
*please allow additional time as an accessible taxi may not be available immediately. Booking in advance is the best way to ensure a smooth journey.

Frequently asked questions:

  • Where is the work taking place?
  • What work is being done?
  • Which services are affected?
  • Why is the work taking over a month to complete?
  • Where can I find timetable information?
  • When can I book Advance tickets or make a seat reservation?
  • Are there any luggage restrictions on replacement buses?