Tuesday 14 Sep 2004


Region & Route:
| Wales & Western: Wales & Borders
| Wales & Western: Western
| Wales & Western
A major track maintenance and renewal project will take place across Devon and Cornwall’s railways over the coming months as part of Network Rail’s ongoing programme to upgrade and enhance the country’s rail network.  Work commences on Monday 27 September on the Gunnislake branch for two weeks, including replacing rails and sleepers, vegetation and ditch clearance, level crossing work and essential maintenance at key sites along the route.  The line will be closed between Gunnislake and St Budeaux Victoria Road from Monday 27 September until Friday 1 October inclusive and then from Monday 4 October until Friday 8 October inclusive. Tim Maddocks, Network Rail’s Customer Services Manager for the West Country, said: “Although we regret the inconvenience caused by these line closures, this work is part of our commitment to providing a safe and reliable railway and will bring long-term benefits for rail travellers in Devon and Cornwall”. - more - Branch Closures - 2 Line closures and similar work scheduled over the coming months includes: ·        Barnstaple branch                   11 – 15 October  18 – 22 October ·        Looe branch                            11 – 15 October 18 – 22 October ·        Paignton branch                      25 – 29 October ·        St.Ives branch                          25 – 29 October 1 – 5 November ·        Newquay branch                     8 – 12 November 15 – 19 November ·        Falmouth branch                     22 – 26 November 29 November – 3 December During the work, bus replacement services will be provided and details of these services will be available at stations.  Further information can also be obtained from National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950 and www.nationalrail.co.uk or from Wessex Trains at www.wessextrains.co.uk.  Andrew Griffiths, Wessex Trains’ Business Manager for Devon and Cornwall, said: "We recognise that these temporary closures will cause some disruption for our passengers, and apologise for any extended journey times.  We are making every effort to make sure that the replacement bus services run smoothly, but would urge regular travellers to check travel information on the web or by phoning National Rail Enquiries.  This work is vital to safeguard the future of the branchline network, and so we'd like to thank passengers in advance for their patience during this period."

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