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Published by Sarah Yeoman at 4:27pm 16th December 2019.

The next train from Cornwall to the capital could be quicker - as Great Western Railway makes major changes to its timetable.

We are told that it is the biggest timetable shift since the 1970s and it will mean more services too.

The changes between Exeter to Plymouth and Penzance include longer trains with more of the Castle Class trains operating, former high speed trains have been refurbished and there are now hourly services on the Looe branch line.

"We have introduced the biggest timetable change on the Great Western Railway network since 1976, bringing faster, more frequent services with thousands more seats across the region.

"Around three-quarters of journey times are now different. The timetable introduced on 15th December 2019 is now providing new services and has changed old ones as part of the improvements.

"We have done our best to ensure customers aren’t caught out – particularly customers who travel with us regularly and are used to travelling on a specific service."

Great Western Railway

What has changed?

In particular:

Trains now arrive and depart at different times – there are more trains, with more seats, but to allow the new timetable to work train times are now different.

Trains may not stop at your station – journeys are now faster, but with the introduction of new services, they won't always stop at the places frequent travellers were used to.

What improvements are there?

Most places on the Great Western Railway network are now served by new or more modern trains than they were just a couple of years ago.

The new timetable has seen the introduction of 43 more high-speed services (Long-distance) every weekday – an increase of 19%, and almost 29% from May 2019.

You can find more information and a map here.

There have been reports of delays across the country:

Some commuters travelling on the first day of new train timetables have faced delays, confusion and overcrowding on some networks.

People are being urged to check before they travel, especially as some services now don't call at as many stations.

Staff shortages, signal problems, a landslip, and industrial action were among the issues on Monday morning.

Rail industry groups say many of the problems were unrelated to the timetable changes - which are designed to offer more services, shorter journeys and new routes.

Trains.im, the rail data website, said 47% of Transpennine services were either cancelled or at least half an hour late on Monday morning.

Twitter account Transpennine Distress claimed 22 of 32 services were cancelled.

"Train operators and Network Rail will be working together to run a reliable service and respond quickly to any teething problems as people get used to the change.

"There are a number of unrelated incidents affecting a small proportion of journeys this morning, and the train operators involved are working with Network Rail to minimise disruption.

"While the vast majority of services are running as planned, we are keeping people moving and we are sorry for the inconvenience caused.

"More services are running than before the timetable change and passengers will benefit from 1,000 more services a week."

Robert Nisbet, Rail Delivery Group's director of nations and regions

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