Upgrading the railway in the South West of England

We are now beginning 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 bring more comfortable and greener journeys between the South West and London.

The Great Western Main Line, passes through a number of tunnels, including Whiteball, near Tiverton Parkway, and Marley, near Totnes.

To ensure their continued use, Network Rail needs to carry out maintenance in February and March 2019.

  • Whiteball Tunnel will be closed from Monday 18 February to Friday 8 March
  • Marley Tunnel one of the two tunnels at Marley will be partially closed from Monday 18 February to Friday 8 March. Because each line has its own tunnel, we can continue to run a limited train service through the remaining tunnel

Trains between London and the South West will continue to run. However, there will be fewer services, and journey times will be extended by up to 60 minutes.

Replacement buses will run between Taunton, Tiverton Parkway and Exeter St Davids.

Devon and Somerset tunnelsOur travel advice

Plan ahead
Train times will be amended, with fewer trains running from some stations. Find out more at GWR.com/check.

Allow plenty of time
Some trains will be diverted, and your journey may involve a replacement bus, or a change of trains.

Travelling to or from Cornwall
There will be very few direct trains to/from London. A shuttle train will run between Plymouth and Penzance.

Booked tickets for travel between 23 February and 1 March?
Network Rail needed to make some short notice changes to services between London Paddington and the South West. These changes have now been made so we recommend checking your journey again before you travel.

How your journey may be affected

Find out how more at GWR.com/check.

Popular long-distance journeys:

Travelling between
and
Journey information
London, Reading, Westbury, Castle Cary
Stations in Devon (except Tiverton Parkway)
A direct service will run every two hours between London Paddington and Plymouth, using an alternative route

Journey times will be extended by 60 minutes

Stops at stations between Pewsey and Castle Cary might be different to normal. Check carefully before travelling

Stations in Cornwall There are limited direct services so a change at Plymouth will be required on most journeys

Journey times will be extended by 60 minutes

Taunton One direct train every two hours
Tiverton Parkway One train every two hours will run between London Paddington and Taunton

Buses replace trains between Taunton and Tiverton Parkway

Travelling between
and
Journey information
Taunton, Bristol, and the North
Stations in Devon
Trains from Bristol and the North will terminate at Taunton

Buses replace trains between Taunton, Tiverton Parkway and Exeter St Davids

A reduced service will run between Exeter St Davids and Plymouth

Stations in Cornwall Trains from Bristol and the North will terminate at Taunton. Change there for replacement buses to Exeter St Davids

A small number of evening trains will run from Exeter St Davids to Penzance. Otherwise, change at Plymouth

Local journeys in Devon and Cornwall

Devon

Exeter St Davids to Newton Abbot, Totnes and Plymouth
Hourly service, alternating between GWR and CrossCountry.

Exeter to Paignton
Local stopping trains will continue to run, but there will be changes to the normal timetable.

Exeter to Pinhoe, Honiton, Axminster
Train times will be amended. Check carefully before travelling.

Tiverton Parkway
Buses will replace all trains towards both Taunton and Exeter St Davids.

Totnes
A reduced service will run with all services departing from Platform 1.

Barnstaple branch
A normal service will run.

Exmouth branch
Some trains will run earlier than normal.

Gunnislake branch
A normal service will run.

Cornwall

Main line
An hourly shuttle train will run between Plymouth and Penzance. Departure times may be different to normal.

St Ives, Falmouth, Newquay, Looe and Gunnislake branch lines
A normal service will run.


Help with your journey

We use a mix of low-floor buses and non-accessible coaches to run our replacement services. If you are not able to travel on one of our services, we will arrange an accessible taxi for you free of charge.

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

Check your journey