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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.
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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
Replacement bus stop location
Front of the station
Lelant Saltings (limited service)
Woodlands bus stops on the main road (A3074)
Bus stops on the main road (A3074) in the village centre, outside the village hall
Outside the entrance to the station car park
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:
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?
Network Rail will be working between Carbis Bay and St Ives to renew the track along that section of line.
What work is being done?
Network Rail is carrying out track renewals and maintenance. This involves clearing away the old track before installing brand-new rail.
Which services are affected?
All branch line services between St Erth and St Ives will be replaced by buses.
Branch line services which also run to/from Penzance will not run during this period.
All other mainline services between Plymouth and Penzance will not be affected.
Why is the work taking over a month to complete?
As the branch line runs alongside the coast for much of its length, there is limited space for Network Rail to access the line and use their machinery. This means that the time it takes to renew the track will be longer.
To minimise the disruption, the work is taking place in January which is traditionally when the branch line is at its quietest.
Where can I find timetable information?
Updated times won’t be available until December. Once available, you can find train/bus times when planning a journey at GWR.com.