Tamar Valley track renewals

Network Rail will be upgrading the railway between St Budeaux Victoria Road and Gunnislake from Monday 16 to Thursday 19 November 2020.

The work involves repairing infrastructure along the line which will secure the safety of the track. During this time:
  • buses will replace trains on all journeys to/from Bere Ferrers, Bere Alston, Calstock and Gunnislake
  • journey times will be extended
  • trains will continue to run from Plymouth to all inner-city stations, except St Budeaux Victoria Road

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Gunnislake Map

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 buses

Due to the geography of the area we will be running separate buses on these two routes:

Cornwall bus – Plymouth – Gunnislake – Calstock

Devon bus – Plymouth – Bere Alston – Bere Ferrers

If you want to make a journey between two stations on different bus routes (e.g. Gunnislake to Bere Alston), you will need to change at Plymouth.

Travelling to/from inner-city stations in Plymouth

We will continue to run services to/from Devonport, Dockyard, Keyham and St Budeaux Ferry Road by:

  • running additional services between Plymouth and St Budeaux Ferry Road
  • adding extra stops for trains that usually pass through these stations
  • running replacement buses where we cannot provide a train (late evenings only)

No trains will stop at St Budeaux Victoria Road whilst the upgrades are taking place, however, we will stop additional trains at St Budeaux Ferry Road to compensate.

Check carefully as train times may be different to normal.

Where do I catch the replacement bus?

Station Replacement bus stop location
Bere Alston Station car park
Bere Ferrers Bus stop in the centre of the village, near the Social Club

Bus stop at the junction joining Lang Gardens and Sand Lane

Gunnislake Bus stop just outside the station
Plymouth Front of the station
Bere Ferrers road closure
During the period of this work, the road between the Bere Ferrers Social Club and the railway station will be closed.

As our replacement buses will not be able to reach the station they will pick up/drop-off from the bus stop by the Social Club instead.

Help with your journey

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

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

  • booking in advance using our Passenger Assist form
  • speaking to a member of staff at the station
  • using the Help Point available at all our stations

Frequently asked questions

  • Where is the work taking place?
  • What work is being done?
  • Why is the work taking place during the week?
  • What route will the replacement buses use?
  • How long do the buses take?
  • Where can I find timetable information?
  • I’m planning a long-distance trip. When can I book Advance tickets or seat reservations?
  • Are there any luggage restrictions on replacement buses?