Upgrading the railway in the South West of England

This year we will begin to deliver more seats and improved reliability across the South West. New Intercity Express Trains, designed for Devon and Cornwall, plus electrification of the route through Newbury will mean journeys to London will be up to 14 minutes quicker compared to now.

To achieve this, Network Rail will be carrying out a series of upgrade works towards the end of 2018 and early 2019. Details of these can be found in the tables below.

More work planned for later in 2018

Location
Dates
What is happening
Truro - Penzance
Saturday 13 and
Sunday 14 October 2018
Signal installation

Par - Newquay (The Atlantic Coast Line)

Saturday 3 and
Sunday 4 November 2018
Track replacement 
Newton Abbot Paignton (The Riviera Line) Saturday 10 and
Sunday 11 November 2018 
Track replacement 
Liskeard - Par
Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 November
 
Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 December 2018
Track replacement

Work planned for early 2019

Location 
Dates
 What is happening
Taunton -
Exeter St Davids

and 
Totnes - Plymouth
16 February to 8 March 2019
Tunnel maintenance work 


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