No trains will be running between Taunton and Exeter St Davids from Monday 18th February to Friday 8th March due to important engineering works.
Bridge and tunnel maintenance is taking place between between Taunton and Plymouth.
All lines between will be blocked between Taunton and Exeter St Davids, whilst major engineering work takes place at Whiteball Tunnel.
In addition, similar work will also take place between Totnes and Ivybridge, at the Marley Tunnel, closing some lines.
A spokesperson commented; “There are around 40,000 bridges and tunnels across the railway network. Each of these require inspection and maintenance on a regular basis to ensure that trains can run reliably and safely throughout the year. The work can include but is not limited to replacement of tunnel linings, drainage, bridge beams and structures.”
The following changes will apply until the works have been fully completed:
Buses will replace trains between Taunton and Exeter St Davids.
Please note, the journey time between these stations by bus is approximately 65 minutes.
A revised 2-hourly train service will operate between Exeter St Davids and Plymouth.
Great Western Railway
A revised 2-hourly train service will operate between London Paddington and Penzance / Plymouth. These trains will also be diverted via Yeovil Junction, not calling at Taunton and Tiverton Parkway. Journey times will be extended between Totnes and Plymouth, so most of these trains will terminate at Plymouth. Journeys between Plymouth and Penzance should generally operate to normal schedule.
Other train services between London Paddington and the West of England will also run at reduced frequency; although, these trains will terminate at Taunton instead.
Services between Cardiff Central / Bristol Temple Meads and Exeter St Davids / Paignton / Plymouth / Penzance will be amended.
Check before you travel:
You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner
You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on the station information pages
Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.