Email from Great Western Railway / Network Rail Western
We have set out details below, but there is more information, and we regularly update our dedicated webpage on www.GWR.com/Upgrade.
As these are planned works, online journey planners will be updated, and you will be able to see the impact on journey times.
We let customers know about the temporary changes through traditional and social media, and through information on trains and at stations.
Some of the changes are limited to specific branch lines, others such as the diversion of trains to London via Bristol from 18 February to 2 March, will impact all our long distance services.
We appreciate that there is a lot of information here. The work taking place is important for the safety and reliability of rail services, and the investment in the south west is of course welcome, but we understand that the changes will impact customers, and we want them to have as much notice as possible to plan ahead.
Any help you can give us alerting your contacts to the changes would be really helpful. If you do have any further questions, or pick up any concerns or queries, please feel free to pass them on.
Jane and Toby
Jane Jones, Head of Public Affairs, Great Western Railway
Toby Elliott, Head of Communications, Network Rail Western
Par to Newquay – Friday 27 to Monday 30 January
- Track renewals on the branch line
- No trains will run on the Par to Newquay branch line. Buses will replace trains
- Replacement buses will depart from St Austell instead of Par (except for 0600 Par to Newquay bus on weekdays)
South West long-distance services to London Paddington – 18 February – 2 March
Rail improvements will also be taking place in the Newbury area on the following days:
- Saturday 18 February to Thursday 2 March
- Sunday 5 March
- Weekend of 11/12 March
- Friday 7 to Monday 10 April (Easter weekend)
- Sunday 16, 23 April and 14 May
Trains between London Paddington and the south west will be diverted via Swindon on these days, extending journey times. Services may also arrive/depart at different times to normal.
Exeter St Davids to Barnstaple/Okehampton – Monday 20 to Friday 24 February
- Track renewals in the Crediton area
- Buses will replace trains between Exeter St Davids and Barnstaple/Okehampton
- A reduced service will run between Exeter St Davids and Exeter Central
- Trains will run as normal between Exmouth and Paignton
South Devon area – weekend of 18/19 March
- Track renewals between Exeter St Davids and Newton Abbot (extending to Plymouth and Paignton on Sunday until 1630)
- Buses will run between Tiverton Parkway and Plymouth (non-stop) throughout the weekend
Saturday (all day) and Sunday (from 1630)
- Buses will replace trains between Exeter St Davids and Newton Abbot
- Shuttle services will run between Newton Abbot and Plymouth/Paignton
Sunday (until 1630)
- Buses will replace trains between Exeter St Davids and Plymouth
- No trains or replacement buses will run between Newton Abbot and Paignton. Rail tickets will be accepted on Stagecoach local bus 12
Taunton area – Monday 20 to Thursday 23 March
- Track renewals through Taunton station
- A limited direct service will continue to run between London Paddington and the south west, using an alternative route. Most will start/terminate at Plymouth
- CrossCountry services will terminate at Bristol Temple Meads (from the north) and Tiverton Parkway (from Plymouth/Penzance)
- Replacement buses will run between Castle Cary/Weston-super-Mare and Exeter St Davids, including fast services between Tiverton Parkway, Taunton and Bristol Parkway
- Trains will continue to run between Tiverton Parkway/Exeter St Davids and Penzance
East Cornwall area – Monday 27 to Thursday 30 March
- Track renewals between Liskeard and Par
- Buses will replace trains between Plymouth and St Austell
- Trains will continue to run between Plymouth – Liskeard and Par – Penzance although services will be reduced