Trains across Cornwall will be affected by strike action this week, with complete closure of the line on some days and disruption on others.

This is the result of industrial action, of which Great Western Railway (GWR) is part of.

Cornwall's mainline and branch rail lines will be closed completely during the strikes on June 21, 23 and 25 (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday), with all trains cancelled, and the company has warned there may be knock-on disruption to services on June 22 and 24 (Wednesday and Friday).

Cornwall Council has suggested anyone planning to make a local rail journey could consider taking a bus instead through First or Go Cornwall. There will be no replacement bus services provided directly by GWR.


A map of the strike action affecting GWR trains next Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday Picture: GWR

A map of the strike action affecting GWR trains next Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday Picture: GWR


GWR said: "Planned industrial action by the RMT union across the industry means we expect rail services to be severely affected from June 21 to 25, and a significantly reduced temporary timetable will be in place.

"Only travel by rail if necessary. If you do travel, expect severe disruption and plan ahead.

"GWR will operate as many trains as possible during the strike action, however most train services will be affected on the days announced. Due to the timing of the strike action, services in between strike days will also be affected.

"Where we are able to run services, they are expected to be extremely busy. We are not able to provide bus replacement services."

Customers who have already purchased tickets can claim a full refund or can amend their ticket; those who travel and are delayed may be entitled to delay repay compensation if they are delayed by 15 minutes or more. Season ticket holders can apply for compensation through the Delay Repay scheme.

GWR is allowing people with tickets for travel on strike days to be able to travel on the day before instead, and up to two days after.

The RMT balloted its members at Network Rail and train operating companies to vote for strike action in a dispute over pay and terms and conditions.

Strike action by RMT members is taking place on GWR, Network Rail who operate the signalling systems, as well as 13 other train operating companies.

As part of a separate dispute London Underground staff are also expected to take strike action on June 21.