Guidance

Atlantic Coast community rail line

The Atlantic Coast Line runs between Par and Newquay in Cornwall.

Documents

Atlantic Coast Line: prospectus

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Atlantic Coast Line: map

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Details

The Atlantic Coast Line runs from the English Channel at Par to the Atlantic Ocean at Newquay in Cornwall. The line passes close to several former and current china clay works, before passing through Goss Moor nature reserve.

Route data

Region South west
Locale Cornwall
Stations 7
Length 20.75 miles
Journey time About 46 minutes — one way
Route type Rural
Designation Service designation
Pilot project No
Designation date September 2006
Partnership Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership
Operator(s) Great Western Railway, Cross Country (seasonal), DB Schenker (freight)

The Atlantic Coast Line serves the following 7 stations:

  • Newquay
  • Quintrell Downs
  • St Columb Road
  • Roche
  • Bugle
  • Luxulyan
  • Par

The eastern section of the line caries a large volume of freight traffic.

Community rail designation

The Atlantic Coast Line was designated as a community rail service by the Strategic Rail Authority in September 2006. The designation covers the passenger services between Newquay and Par. All 7 stations listed form part of the designation.

Network Rail strategic route plan

The Atlantic Coast Line has been identified as a rural route within Network Rail’s west of England (K) strategic route plan.

The Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership

The Atlantic Coast Line is one of the 7 railway lines supported by the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership, which was formed in 1991 to promote railway services in the area. The West Country branch lines supported by the partnership are:

  • Atlantic Coast Line (Newquay to Par)
  • Avocet Line (Exeter St David’s to Exmouth)
  • Looe Valley Line (Looe to Liskeard)
  • Maritime Line (Falmouth to Truro)
  • St Ives Bay Line (St Ives to St Erth)
  • Tamar Valley Line (Gunnislake to Plymouth)
  • Tarka Line (Exeter Central to Barnstable)

The Atlantic Coast Line is also supported by the Friends of the Atlantic Coast Line (FOCAL), formed in 2005.

Published 11 July 2006