Great Western Railway update

The additional Cornwall and Devon services that we added on Saturday (25 July) are working well.  The vast majority, 80/90% of customers are wearing face coverings and journeys seem to be going well.  

I thought it would be helpful to give some advance notice of improvement work taking place in Devon and Cornwall this autumn, and I have set out details below.  

There is more information on and

As we get closer to the work taking place, we will be letting customers know about the temporary changes through traditional and social media, and through information on trains and at stations.

Jane Jones

Head of Public Affairs | Great Western Railway

Toby Elliott

Head of Communications | Network Rail Western

  • Track renewals and level crossing upgrades will take place between Taunton and Exeter St Davids between Monday 28 September and Friday 2 October. Buses will replace rail services on this route. Direct trains between London Paddington and the south west will continue to run using a different route. 
  • Buses will replace trains on the branch line between Exeter St Davids and Exmouth from Sunday 25 to Friday 30 October. A limited service will continue to run to/from Exeter Central from Paignton, but most services will terminate at Exeter St Davids. 
  • Bridge decking replacement will take place on the Tamar Valley Line between Plymouth and Gunnislake from Monday 16 to Thursday 19 November. Buses will replace all trains to/from Bere Ferrers, Bere Alston, Calstock and Gunnislake. An amended train service will continue to operate for stations in Plymouth. This is similar to the work that was undertaken in December last year.