Guidance

Looe Valley community rail line

Community rail line service between Looe and Liskeard.

Documents

Looe Valley Line: prospectus

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Looe Valley Line: map

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Details

The Looe Valley Line follows the East Looe River from Looe to Liskeard in south east Cornwall. The line is supervised from the signal box at Liskeard, which also controls access onto the main line including the Coombe to Moorswater freight line.

In 1966 the line was due to be closed under Dr Beeching’s ‘Reshaping of Britain’s Railways’ plan, but was reprieved just 2 weeks before its scheduled closure by Minister of Transport, Barbara Castle.

Looe Valley Line
Train following the East Looe river.

Route data

Region South west
Locale Cornwall
Stations 6
Length 8.75 miles
Journey time About 28 minutes — one way
Route type Rural
Designation Line
Pilot project Yes
Designation date September 2005
Partnership Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership
Operator(s) Great Western Railway and Freightliner UK (freight)

The Looe Valley Line route serves the following 6 stations:

  • Looe
  • Sandplace
  • Causeland
  • St Keyne Wishing Well Halt
  • Coombe Junction Halt
  • Liskeard

Pilot line

The Looe Valley Line was one of the first designated community railways. Seven pilot routes were selected which could demonstrate different aspects of the community rail development strategy.

The Looe Valley Line was selected as one of the pilots because it was a traditional branch line with relatively light usage linking the main line with the small coastal town of Looe.

The 7 pilot routes:

  • St Ives Bay Line (St Ives - St Erth) in Cornwall
  • Looe Valley Line (Looe to Liskeard) in Cornwall
  • Tamar Valley Line (Gunnislake - Plymouth) in Cornwall/Devon
  • Abbey Line (St Albans - Watford Junction) in Hertfordshire
  • Poacher Line (Skegness - Grantham) in Lincolnshire
  • Penistone Line (Barnsley - Huddersfield) in South and West Yorkshire
  • Esk Valley Line (Whitby - Middlesbrough) in North Yorkshire and Teesside

Community rail designation

The Looe Valley Line was designated as a community rail line by the Strategic Rail Authority in September 2005. The designation covers the line, stations and the passenger services between Liskeard and Looe.

Network Rail strategic route plan

The Looe Valley 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 Looe Valley 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 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
Published 28 July 2005