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
journey times will be extended
trains will continue to run from Plymouth to all inner-city stations, except
St Budeaux Victoria Road
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
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.