£5 million railway upgrade in Cornwall starts TODAY

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Credit: Network Rail

Network Rail is reminding passengers to check before travelling as work starts on £5m worth of upgrades in Cornwall.

A total of nine projects will be carried out between Truro and Penzance and between St Erth and St Ives from 15 to 23 February.

Between Truro and Penzance, Network Rail will be improving the resilience of the railway when it comes to flooding, carrying out track renewal and carrying out maintenance work at Camborne station.

The work will see two and a half miles of track replaced, 3,900 tonnes of stone and 1,134 sleepers also replaced.

Credit: Charlie Greasley

The upgrade means buses will replace Great Western Railway 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.

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

What did the officials say?

Scott Pillinger, Network Rail’s programme manager, said:

“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.”

Mark Chorley, GWR Regional Station Manager, West, said:

“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.”

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1 COMMENT

  1. About time that the railway lines in Cornwall does need attention, TLC and massive upgrades to keep it safe and running. Including the smaller branch lines in Cornwall.

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