In December, we will be launching a new timetable, featuring a range of benefits for our customers in the South West. More trains with additional capacity will run between London Paddington and the South West, improving connections as well as providing a faster average journey time.
We will also introduce more trains with more capacity on local services between Plymouth and Penzance, helping you to enjoy your journey in a more comfortable environment.
To help provide a more reliable infrastructure to run our new timetable, Network Rail will be carrying out waterproofing work to Hayle Viaduct between Saturday 15 and Sunday 23 February 2020. They will also use this time to relay track on the St Ives Bay Line as well as through Camborne station.
What you need to know:
From Saturday 15 to Sunday 23 February 2020:
buses will replace trains between Truro and Penzance
an amended, hourly train service will continue to run between Truro and Plymouth with only minor alterations further into Devon
replacement buses will depart at different times to normal trains, journey times will also increase
St Ives Bay Line:
buses will replace trains between St Erth and St Ives from Saturday 15 to Tuesday 18 February only
train services will resume on the branch line from Wednesday 19 February
Monday 24 February
The railway in Cornwall will be fully open from this date, however, there will be minor alterations to early morning services from Penzance towards Plymouth. Check carefully before travelling.
Sunday 1 March
To complete the renewals taking place in February, the line will be closed again between Truro and Penzance (including the St Ives Bay Line) on Sunday 1 March. Buses will run on all affected routes with trains continuing to run between Plymouth and Truro.
How your journey will be affected
London Paddington to Penzance
Approximately one train every two hours, terminating at Truro.
Services between London Paddington, Exeter St Davids, Paignton and Plymouth will run normally.
Local services from Plymouth to Penzance
One train every two hours, terminating at Truro (in addition to long-distance services).
Truro to Falmouth Docks
Trains will still run with minor changes to the timetable.
CrossCountry will run a reduced service between Truro and Plymouth.
Night Riviera Sleeper
London Paddington to the West of England
All sleeper services from Friday 14 to Friday 21 February 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.
The sleeper on Sunday 23 February will run as normal.
West of England to London Paddington
The sleeper on Friday 14 February will run as normal.
All sleeper services from Sunday 16 to Sunday 23 February 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.
Replacement coaches and buses
Our replacement services will provide a great alternative during the upgrades. Arrival and departure times at Truro will usually be timed to connect with train services, ensuring journey times are kept to a minimum.
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
(Saturday 15 to Tuesday 18 February only)
one bus an hour calling at Carbis Bay only
One bus an hour calling at Lelant, Carbis Bay and St Ives. One bus a day will additionally call at Lelant Saltings
Where to catch our replacement services
Buses at Truro, Redruth, Camborne, St Erth, Lelant and Penzance will depart from the front of the station. The table below shows the bus stop location for all other stations:
Replacement bus stop location
To Penzance - Bus stop on Penpol Terrace near Lloyds Bank
To Truro – Bus stop on Penpol Terrace near the McColls store
Outside the entrance to the station car park
Bus stop on The Terrace, near the start of the station approach road
There will be reduced parking at Camborne where the north (ticket office) side car park will be closed. The main car park on the south side will remain open.
Help with your journey
If you are not able to travel on our replacement services, an accessible taxi can be arranged for you. You can do this by:
Network Rail will be working at a number of sites within the affected area. The two main upgrades are taking place on the main line at Hayle Viaduct and Camborne station. Work will also take place along the St Ives Bay Line during part of this time.
Network Rail is carrying out waterproofing work to Hayle Viaduct. This involves clearing away the track and ballast before relining the bridge with waterproof material. At Camborne, the track through the station will be renewed whilst similar work will take place between St Erth and St Ives.
You will only need to use our replacement buses if you are travelling to/from Redruth, Camborne, Hayle, St Erth, Penzance, or any station on the St Ives Bay Line. Trains will run between Plymouth and Truro.