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Disruption to railway line in and out of Cornwall

Disruption to railway line in and out of Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 1:40pm 24th October 2019. (Updated at 4:07pm 24th October 2019)

Part of the main railway line that connects Cornwall and Devon with the rest of the country is closing for maintenance work.

Track improvements are being carried out over two separate periods.

From Saturday 26th October to Friday 8th November the line between Crediton and Barnstaple will be closed to allow Network Rail to carry out track improvements. 

Buses will run between the two stations with connecting trains continuing to run between Crediton and Exeter.

Mainline services in the South West will be unaffected during the Crediton to Barnstaple work.

On completion of this work Network Rail will then conduct major maintenance work to two key locations on the Great Western Main Line, Whiteball Tunnel (near Tiverton Parkway) and Cogload Junction (near Taunton) from Saturday 9th to Thursday 14th November 2019. 
The route between Tiverton Parkway and Castle Cary/Weston-super-Mare will be closed throughout this period.

Replacement coaches will be in operation on the following routes:

  • Tiverton Parkway - Taunton - Castle Cary
  • Tiverton Parkway - Bristol Parkway
  • Tiverton Parkway - Taunton - Bristol Temple Meads
  • Exeter St Davids - Tiverton Parkway (limited service) - Taunton - Weston-super-Mare
  • Taunton - Bridgwater - Highbridge & Burnham - Weston-super-Mare

During the Whiteball and Cogload works trains between London and the South West will continue to run, but there will be fewer services, and journey times will be extended by up to 60 minutes for some journeys. 

Services between Bristol and Weston-super-Mare; and between Penzance and Tiverton Parkway will continue to run. 

Great Western Railway is preparing to speed up its timetable, offering faster journey times and more frequent services to key locations.  

"We are now just a matter of weeks away from the biggest timetable change on the Great Western network since the 1970s, enabling us to take advantage of the full benefits that new Intercity Express Trains, and improved track signalling systems, are bringing.

"From December 15th, in providing more frequent and quicker journeys, our new timetable will for the vast majority of users quite literally mean 'all change please' and we encourage those travelling to check their usual journeys beforehand."

WR Managing Director, Mark Hopwood

Train services between Devon and Cornwall and London will be restructured to deliver a more consistent service pattern throughout the day, offering faster typical journey times and more frequent services to key locations from December this year.  

"The completion of this track maintenance work is an important step in the count down to the introduction of the new timetable in December, which will allow passengers to benefit from more frequent and faster journeys.

"I would like to thank both passengers and residents in advance for their patience while we carry out this essential track improvement work."

Network Rail's Western Route Director, Mike Gallop

You can find further travel advice and information on the work here.

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