Upgrading the railway in West Cornwall

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:

  • due to Storm Dennis, the rail improvement work taking place on the line has been extended by two days
  • buses will now replace trains between St Erth and St Ives from Saturday 15 to Thursday 20 February
  • train services will resume on the branch line from Wednesday 19 February

Maritime Line (Truro to Falmouth Docks):

  • trains will run up to 15 minutes later than normal, particularly on weekdays
  • you may need to travel earlier in order to maintain a connection at Truro

Monday 24 February

The railway in Cornwall will be fully open from this date, however, there may 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.

Hayle Planned Engineering - Cornwall

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 run up to 15 minutes later than normal.
CrossCountry services
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 Thursday 20 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

Carbis Bay Outside the entrance to the station car park
St Ives Station car park

Car parking

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:

  • booking in advance at GWR.com/PassengerAssist
  • speaking to a member of staff at the station on the day of travel*
  • use the Help Point available at all of our stations on the day of travel*

*please allow additional time as an accessible taxi may not be available immediately. Booking in advance is the best way to ensure a smooth journey.

What's happening
Truro to Penzance (including St Erth to St Ives)

Sunday 1 March

Completion works to the upgrades undertaken in February
Liskeard to Looe

Tuesday 3 to Thursday 5 March

Canal bridge repairs
Liskeard to St Austell (including Par to Newquay) Sunday 8 March Track renewals over a bridge in Par
Par to Newquay Weekends of 14/15 and 21/22 March Track renewals between St Columb Road and Quintrell Downs
Castle Cary to Taunton Saturday 14 to Sunday 29 March Bridge repairs over the River Parrett and River Tone
Crediton to Barnstaple Monday 30 March to Sunday 5 April Track renewals to raise speed limits and improving reliability

For details of all upgrades in the South West visit GWR.com/SWupgrade