Future engineering work

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See details of routes affected by planned engineering works, including when they take effect, maps of the affected area, alternative timetables, advice for alternative travel and real-time updates.

No trains between Taunton and Exeter St Davids from Monday 18 February to Friday 8 March

Start date
18/02/2019  00:00
End date
Route affected
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CrossCountry between Aberdeen / Manchester Piccadilly / Glasgow Central and Penzance, between Birmingham New Street / Manchester Piccadilly / Glasgow Central and Paignton, between Edinburgh / Dundee / Derby / Bristol Temple Meads / Glasgow Central / Birmingham New Street / Leeds / Newcastle and Plymouth

Great Western Railway between Bristol Parkway / Cardiff Central / London Paddington and Penzance, between Bristol Temple Meads / Cardiff Central / London Paddington and Exeter St Davids and also between London Paddington and Plymouth

TOC(s) affected
CrossCountryGreat Western Railway

Bridge and tunnel maintenance is taking place at Whiteball Tunnel between between Taunton and Plymouth, from Monday 18 February until Friday 8 March, closing all lines.

In addition, similar work will also take place between Totnes and Ivybridge, at the Marley Tunnel, closing some lines.

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 our 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.

Project Information:

Whiteball Tunnel will be closed for three weeks to allow for vital engineering work to be completed on the 170-year-old structure. The tunnel walls will be relined with concrete to safeguard against loose masonry and brick falls, a task which will be carried out using specialist robotic equipment which sprays a concrete lining onto the walls of the tunnel.