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St Ives Bay Line

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

Train on the St Ives Bay Line - photo by Antony Christie

Train passing Carbis Bay. Photo: Antony Christie

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.

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

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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 line’s Park & Ride scheme through a dedicated leaflet.

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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.

Visitors’ guide

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