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£5m Rail Upgrade Underway

£5m Rail Upgrade Underway

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 11:47am 19th February 2020. (Updated at 3:43pm 19th February 2020)

Cornwall is being promised more reliable railways - and fewer flood cancellations.

It is as repair work starts between Penzance and Truro - and St Ives and St Erth.

Bus replacement services are being brought in while the five million pound project is completed.

It should be finished by Sunday and includes doing up Camborne station.

Rail work
Two and a half miles of track is being replaced.

The work will see two and a half miles of track replaced. 3,900 tonnes of stone is needed, which is the same as more than 22 million Cornish pasties and 1,134 sleepers which is twice the amount you can seat at the Minack Theatre.

The upgrade means buses will replace trains between Truro and Penzance until Sunday 23 February.

Rail work
Buses will replace trains between Truro and Penzance until Sunday 23 February.

Meanwhile on the St Ives branch line, the Causeway Bridge near Lelant Saltings needs to be replaced as it has reached the end of its lifespan.

The bridge replacement means buses will replace trains between St Erth and St Ives until Thursday 20 February.

“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.”

Scott Pillinger, Network Rail’s programme manager

“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.”

Mark Chorley, GWR Regional Station Manager, West

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