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News

December 2018

WiFi at Rail Stations - Works have been completed that enable complimentary WiFi access in waiting areas and on platforms at all Cornish stations.

Mainline Signaling - A £30million upgrade to signaling in Devon and Cornwall has been completed, designed to improve reliability and enable an increase in services. The project has seen 21 additional signals on the Cornish Main Line and upgrades to seven level crossings to improve safety. This work has significantly increased the capacity of the railway network in Cornwall and is a key milestone in delivering 2 trains per hour in Cornwall.

Sleeper Lounges - Sleeper Lounges in Penzance, Truro and Paddington accompanying the Night Riviera upgrade opened in August. The lounges feature free WiFi, complimentary tea, coffee, juice and snacks as well as shower facilities.

New HST Train Services - GWR’s new Hitachi Class 802 fleet began operations in Cornwall on 20th August. The Class 802 Intercity Express Train for the very first time with passengers on board formed the 0730 London Paddington to Penzance service.

Newquay Bus Station Refurbishment - The works to improve Newquay Bus Station are completed. The design encompasses a new internal passenger waiting area/customer enquiry desk, staff facilities and 2 public accessible toilets, including a changing places toilet facility as well as improved external bus shelter waiting facilities including RTPI displays.

Truro Bus Station Refurbishment - Maintenance and improvement works at Truro Bus Station are completed. Works include resurfacing of the surface within the Bus Station and along Greet Street, replacing bus kerbs and damaged railings, cleaning of the building structure, repainting the building's metal work and installation of RTPI displays.

New Buses for the East of the County - 41 new buses were introduced to the First Kernow fleet. 39 of the new buses are in striking new green livery and serve Cornwall’s bus users on routes linking Bodmin, St Austell, Newquay, Bude and Truro. Two have joined the blue liveried fleet operating the U1,2,3 and 4 routes through Falmouth.

Infrastructure Programme Moves East - The programme of installing new RTPI displays and new bus shelters across the County gathers pace, with works completed to the west of Truro and on the Truro to Newquay corridor. Attention will now be turned east of Truro towards St Austell, Bodmin and beyond.

Partnership Discussions - A planned series of informal discussions begins between the Council and local bus operators regarding what framework would best deliver the ambitious improvements set out in the One Public Transport System for Cornwall project.

Sleeper Lounges - Work has started on the 3 Sleeper Lounges at Paddington, Truro and Penzance to support the Night Riviera Service.

Night Riviera Upgrade - All of the proposed new sleeper carriages are now in service, making eleven new carriages in operation as part of the Night Riviera rolling stock improvement. 8 of these are the new sleeper and 3 the new seated carriages.

New Ticket Machines for Independent Operators - During December new electronic ticket machines are being delivered to the remaining operators delivering local bus services in Cornwall.

Contactless Payments Now Available on Plymouth Citybus & Go Cornwall Bus- You can now pay up to £30 in one transaction using contactless on board these buses. More information can be found on our Contactless in Cornwall page.

Contactless Payments Now Available on First Kenow - You can now pay up to £30 in one transaction using contactless on board First Kernow buses. More information can be found on our Contactless in Cornwall page.

Penzance Bus Station Refurbishment - The new structure is now open to the public. You can find out more about this and other improvements to other bus facilities on our one standard page.

National Productivity Investment Fund - Cornwall Council has submitted a bid to the National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) for funding to purchase new buses and improve signalling in Central and East Cornwall. Further information about the fund, including a copy of the bid can be found on our one standard page.

AT300 Train Visit to Penzance Railway Station - The new Hitachi AT300 train visited Cornwall on 22nd June 2017 stopping for a short while in Penzance Railway Station. Pictures from the event and information about the new trains can be found on our one network page.

Penzance Bus Station Refurbishment - The new structure is now currently being installed, replacing the old white canopies that were there before. Photographs from different time points through the works can be found on the one standard page.

Bus Stop Infrastructure Audit - An audit of Cornwall's bus stops and shelters has been completed. This information will help us to target investment and bring the infrastructure up to one standard.

Penzance Longrock Depot Expansion - Great Western Railway (GWR) have worked with Network Rail to expand the depot at Longrock. Here they will maintain the upgraded sleeper fleet and retain additional rolling stock for when it may be required on the mainline.

Night Rivieria Sleeper Upgrade - GWR have carried out a complete overhaul of all the Night Riveria Sleeper trains which will increase the capacity and quality for the passengers. Find our more about the Rivieria Sleeper on the GWR website.

New Hitachi trains for GWR's Devon and Cornwall route a step closer to entering service - GWR will take delivery of 29 new long distance AT300 trains to serve the South West from 2018.

Mainline Service Improvements - Mainline signalling enhancements being delivered by Network Rail will result in 2 trains per hour in both directions on the Cornish Mainline. Find out more about the mainline service improvements on the GWR website.

New double deck buses in Cornwall - Partnership sees 37 new double deck buses operating on routes across Cornwall from January 2017. For more information visit the First Kernow or Plymouth Citybus websites.