Upgrading the South West

In 2018 we will deliver greater capacity and improved reliability across the South West. Brand new Intercity Express Trains, specifically designed for Devon and Cornwall, plus the electrification of the track in the Newbury area, mean journeys to London will be up to 14 minutes quicker.

To help make this happen, Network Rail will be undertaking track work near Redruth and on the St Ives Bay Line between Monday 19 and Thursday 22 March 2018.

They will also use this time to do track replacement work on the St Ives Bay Line and progress the Cornwall re-signalling scheme, which will help to increase the number of trains we can run through the county.

How will my journey be affected?

London Paddington to Penzance Approximately one train every two hours, terminating at Truro.

Services from London Paddington to Exeter St Davids, Paignton and Plymouth will run normally.
Local services from Plymouth to Penzance One train every two hours, terminating at Truro.
Truro to Falmouth Docks Trains will still run, with changes to the timetable.

Replacement buses and coaches

Truro to Penzance
  • one coach an hour calling at St Erth only
  • one coach an hour calling at Redruth, Camborne, Hayle, St Erth and Penzance
St Erth to St Ives
  • one bus an hour running non-stop
  • one bus an hour calling at Lelant Saltings, Lelant and Carbis Bay and St Ives

Night Riviera Sleeper

London Paddington to West of England The Night Riviera Sleeper will terminate at Plymouth.

A connecting train will run from Plymouth to Truro calling at Liskeard, Bodmin Parkway, Lostwithiel, Par and St Austell.

For customers travelling to the west of Cornwall, a connecting replacement coach will run from Plymouth to Penzance calling at Redruth, Camborne, Hayle and St Erth only.
West of England to London Paddington The Night Riviera Sleeper will start from Plymouth.

A connecting train will run from Truro to Plymouth calling at St Austell, Par, Bodmin Parkway and Liskeard.

For customers travelling from the west of Cornwall, a connecting replacement coach will run from Penzance to Plymouth calling at St Erth, Camborne and Redruth only.

Fares and ticketing information

We’re working on a range of options to help you get to where you need to be with the minimum of fuss. We’ll publish more details soon.

Season ticket holders

If you plan to make different arrangements for when the work is taking place, such as working from home, or taking leave, you can buy season tickets for odd periods. For example, from Tuesday 2 January to Friday 16 March.

This means you get maximum value from your ticket.

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

More work planned for later in 2018

Further upgrade works are planned throughout the year. Please make a note of them as they may affect your journey.

Location
Dates
What is happening
East Cornwall Saturday 21 and
Sunday 22 April 2018
Buses will replace trains between St Austell and Plymouth.
Plymouth Saturday 28 April 2018
Buses will replace trains in the Plymouth area.
Exeter Tuesday 12 to
Thursday 14 June 2018
Buses will replace trains between Taunton/Tiverton Parkway and Exeter St Davids, including the Barnstaple branch.

St Erth station improvements

Over the course of the spring, we’ll be upgrading St Erth station ready for a new Park & Ride facility. This will involve construction of a brand-new car park, improved customer facilities and the widening of the St Ives branch platform, making it easier to access the trains.

Work to widen the platform will take place between Monday 19 and Thursday 22 March whilst the branch line is closed.

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