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200220 | Network Rail will be carrying out waterproofing work to Hayle Viaduct between Saturday 15 and Sunday 23 February 2020

Date disruption to train services in Cornwall is due to end

GWR announced measures in place while work is carried out by Network Rail through the half term

A GWR train (Image: Richard Sulzman)


This weekend is expected to see the end of the disruption that has hit train services in Cornwall.

Thousands of passengers have been switched to buses to get any farther than Truro since Saturday (February 15) and timetables have also been altered for extensive works to be carried out.

Network Rail has been waterproofing Hayle Viaduct and relaying track on the St Ives branch line and at Redruth, Hayle and through Camborne station.

GWR announced a number of effects, including no trains running beyond Truro, with a bus replacement service in place. Buses were also replacing the St Erth to St Ives branch line until today.

Passengers were warned that trains will be running late. Main line services will be affected through Sunday (February 23).

It said: "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."

A GWR train

Mark Chorley, GWR regional station manager, said: "Since the introduction of our brand-new timetable in December, we have been running more trains with greater capacity and improved reliability across the South West.

"Brand-new Intercity Express Trains, specifically designed for Devon and Cornwall, plus the electrification of the track in the Newbury area, have helped bring 24% more seats than before with journeys to London up to 14 minutes quicker.

"This work is important to ensure we continue to improve the reliability of the service and we thank customers for their patience in advance."

Scott Pillinger, Network Rail’s programme manager, said: "We thank passengers in advance while we carry out these vital upgrades across Cornwall and remind them to check before they travel.

"The improvements will help provide passengers with more reliable journeys and represents further investment in the railway in Cornwall following recent signalling upgrades in the South West."

What you need to know:

From Saturday (February 15) to Sunday, February 23:

  • 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 (February 15) to Tuesday (February 18) only
  • train services will resume on the branch line from Wednesday, February 19.

Maritime Line (Truro to Penryn and Falmouth):

  • 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.

GWR added that on Monday, February 24: "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."

The line between Truro and Penzance will be closed again on March 1 to complete the work. "Buses will run on all affected routes with trains continuing to run between Plymouth and Truro," it added.

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

Replacement services will provide an 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

 

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