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The St Ives Bay Line

Promoting one of England’s most scenic lines to visitors and locals alike

The St Erth to St Ives branch line is one of Britain’s best loved railways. We help hundreds of thousands of people to experience it every year, delivering an important boost to the local economy.
Supported by our online and offline marketing campaigns, passenger numbers on the St Ives Bay Line have grown 68% since 2001. This not only provides extra custom for St Ives’ attractions and businesses, but also helps reduce congestion and parking issues by giving visitors an attractive alternative to arriving by car.

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Our work
The Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership develops the line by:

Promoting the line to visitors and local residents
We promote the St Ives Bay Line with its own section on our Great Scenic Railways website, on social media and in local and regional newspapers. We also promote the line at major London stations as part of the annual Community Rail in the City campaign. We encourage use of the Lelant Saltings Park & Ride through a dedicated leaflet.
Working towards improvements
We and Cornwall Council have been working with Great Western Railway (GWR) to improve the line’s out of season Sunday service. For example in 2016, Sunday trains began around 10 30 from the end of March – an hour and a half earlier than before.

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Future plans and aspirations

Improvements already confirmed for coming years include the introduction of Wi-Fi on all trains across the GWR network, including on the St Ives Bay Line, as well as increased numbers of main line connections at St Erth as part of the doubling of services through Cornwall.

Cornwall Council are leading a scheme which will see major improvements and much more car parking at St Erth station.

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Visitors’ guide

Explore our online visitors’ guide to the St Ives Bay Line on our Great Scenic Railways website.