London to Taunton, Devon and Cornwall

Description of line

Double track from Reading via Newbury, Pewsey, Westbury, Taunton, Exeter and Newton Abbot to Plymouth. Mostly double track onwards from there to St. Austell, Truro and Penzance but with some short single line sections such as the Saltash bridge.

Service offered

Hourly, London to Plymouth. Many trains continue beyond. Some additional semifast trains from London to Taunton / Exeter. Also Virgin Cross Country services from Birmingham and beyond westwards from Taunton.

Peak flows

Known issues


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Recent discussions:
Link to ... South West Railway Diversions via Westbury - Sunday 09 December 2018
Link to ... HST overnight stabling at the London end once OOC is closed
Link to ... Rough Riding - Paddington to Reading and on the Berks and Hants
Link to ... Honouring rail crash victims at Norton Fitzwarren
Link to ... Dawlish closures - November 2018
Link to ... Slippery Rails?
Link to ... Railway Magazine (1935) v. 77
Link to ... Person hit by a train 30/9
Link to ... February / March 2019 engineering closures
Link to .. "Significant Disruption"
Link to .. 1C04
Link to .. Bring a packed lunch
Link to .. Name of the fastest line from London to Plymouth
Link to .. Stock moves and changes this weekend - West of England main line
Link to .. Need for extra capacity on diversionary route?
Link to .. Full and standing - and extra stops added
Link to .. Comedian humiliated for using disabled space on train - BBC News 17th July 2018
Link to .. Taunton sleeper train fire - 40th anniversary
Link to .. 18:33 London Paddington to Exeter St Davids - 04 Jul 18

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