Tamar Valley track renewals

In December, we will be introducing an improved timetable in the South West, featuring two trains an hour throughout the day between Plymouth and Penzance. This will also improve the service on our branch lines with better connections and more flexibility.

Before we introduce these improvements, Network Rail will be upgrading the railway between St Budeaux Victoria Road and Gunnislake from Monday 9 to Thursday 12 December. 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

Gunnislake Map

Our travel advice

  • plan ahead – bus times will be different to normal train times. Check carefully before you travel
  • allow plenty of time – journeys involving a replacement bus may take longer than normal
  • stopping order will be different to trains – we will run two separate buses to/from Plymouth. One will serve Gunnislake and Calstock, the other will serve Bere Alston and Bere Ferrers

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

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 On the main road outside the station entrance
Calstock Station car park
Devonport Albert Road bus stops
Dockyard Bus stops on Keyham Road
Gunnislake Bus stop just outside the station
Keyham Bus stops next to HMS Drake Barracks
Plymouth Front of the station
St Budeaux Ferry Road/Victoria Road Wolseley Road bus stop near Lloyds Bank

Help with your journey

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

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 on our Assisted Travel site
  • speaking to a member of staff at the station
  • using the Help Point available at all our stations

Improvements to the timetable in the South West

From 15 December this year we are introducing a new timetable, featuring:

  • two trains an hour throughout the day between Plymouth and Penzance
  • faster average journey times between Plymouth and London Paddington
  • an hourly service on the Looe Valley Line
  • two trains an hour between Exeter and Paignton
  • an hourly service throughout the day between Exeter and Barnstaple

As well as these improvements we’ll also be introducing more refreshed trains on regional services.

Frequently asked questions