gwr train strike

Network Rail improvement works starting this Saturday 18th February.

Network Rail improvement works taking place on the line between Pewsey and Theale on Saturday 18 February until Thursday 2 March.

During this period, our long distance services between Devon/Cornwall and London will be diverted via Swindon, extending journey times. Some services may also arrive/depart at different times to normal.

Journey planners have been updated including with bus times and can be seen at

There is also have a dedicated webpage with more information at

The works will consist of Network Rail replacing track on this key route, which is very important for maintaining the safety and reliability of the railway.

There will be further closures on Sunday 5 March, Saturday and Sunday 11/12 March, Friday 7 April to Monday 10 April, and on Sunday 16 and 23 April and 14 May.


Looe Community News

The February-March 2023 edition of Looe Community News has now been published. You can read and download this at:

Community News – Looe Town Council


Urgent Road Closure – Fore Street, East Looe

Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 S.14: Temporary Prohibition of Traffic

Location:      Fore Street, East Looe

Timing:         06/02/2023 –  6th February 2023 to 24th February 2023 (24 hours)

Reason for Emergency Closure: Road Closure – Drainage, Kerbing & Surfacing works

The above closure has been approved and is now in progress.   Please click the following link to view a map and associated documents:

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Road Closure Cancellation – Fore Street, East Looe

Road Closure Cancellation

Please be advised that the planned road closure of Fore Street has now been cancelled.

Location:         Fore Street, East Looe

Timing:            30th January 2023 to 17th February 2023 (0730 to 1700 hours)

Contact:          Richard Davies at Cormac Solutions Ltd – Tel: 0300 1234 222.



Event Road Closure

 Looe 10 Miler 26th February 2023.

Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, S.16A

The below road closure has been approved.

Event:            26/02/2023 – Looe 10 Miler

Date:             26th February 2023

Times:           10:45 to 14:00


Please click the following link for Intention Notice and map :

The event organiser will display notices at each road / street to be closed at least fourteen days before the closure.



Looe Fore Street, Drainage Works


The necessary Drainage work in Fore Street of drainage removal and reinstatement from the Golden Guinea to Salutation Inn, requires the implementation of the full closure of Fore Street for vehicles.

To cause minimum disruption, this will be undertaken over 7 nights (Monday to Friday) and be for a maximum of 2 hours per night starting Monday 6th February. The closure will be from 18:00 – 20:00 to cause the least disruption to businesses, residents and pedestrians, this is to enable the excavation of small sections which will be then reinstated, this will allow the reopening the same evening and no disruption through the working day.

During the 2 hour window, the road closure and diversion will be in place for the use of Barbican Hill to suitable sized traffic. To accommodate this there will be various marshals positioned upon Fore Street and Barbican Hill, to undertake Stop and Go. The marshals will be positioned by Coop on Fore Street, The Cornish Bakehouse on Fore Street, The Museum on Higher Market Street and at the top of Barbican Hill. The marshals will be able to help and direct traffic during the closure – if there are any problems please speak to the teams involved.


Big Deal for Cornwall

A Big Deal for Looe

Further to a request from Looe Town Council, Cornwall Council have now arranged an additional public meeting in Looe to discuss the proposed Devolution Deal and Mayor for Cornwall. This is a big deal for Cornwall and it’s important that everyone in the community has an opportunity to have their say.

Details of the meeting are:

Looe Cornwall Devolution Deal public information event

13 February 2023, 6.30pm – 7.30pm

Hannafore Point Hotel, Marine Drive, Hannafore, West Looe, PL13 2DG

At this meeting, you will have the opportunity to raise questions with members of Cornwall Council’s Cabinet as well as senior staff who will be at the event to listen to your views and respond to your questions.

Skills for Life

Multiply your opportunities – free courses

Adults across Cornwall and Isles of Scilly who want to improve their maths skills can sign up for free courses thanks to a new £2.5 million Multiply programme aimed at boosting opportunities for residents. The initiative gives access to free courses designed to cover specific skills that can be used in the workplace or to secure better paid jobs, courses for parents or carers wanting to get better at maths so they can help their children, as well as courses to help people get better at managing their money.

Multiply will offer adults who do not already have a GCSE grade C/4 or higher in maths or equivalent, free flexible courses to improve their numeracy skills.

Residents in Cornwall can access courses through three providers:

  • Cornwall College Group
  • Cornwall Council Adult Education Service
  • Truro and Penwith College

All courses are free and available to residents in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly on a part-time, intensive or flexible basis. 

People who improve their skills with numbers are more likely to be in employment, have higher wages, and better wellbeing. Businesses that develop their employees’ numeracy skills can also boost productivity, increase profits and improve employee retention.

To find out more about how Multiply is being delivered, visit: Cornwall Council Multiply – Free Numeracy Courses

Or search multiply

Big Deal for Cornwall

Big Deal – Public meeting

Cornwall Council’s Devolution team have confirmed that they will be holding a public meeting about the proposed Cornwall Devolution Deal and Mayor for Cornwall in Liskeard on:

Thursday 9 February 2023 from 6.30pm

at Liskeard Town Council, Main Hall, 3-5 West Street, PL14 6BW

Attendees will have the opportunity to raise questions with members of Cornwall Council’s Cabinet as well as senior staff who will be at the event to listen to your views and respond to your questions.

gwr train strike

Train Drivers Strike 1st and 3rd of February.

The ASLEF (train drivers) strike this week on Wednesday 1st and Friday the 3rd of February.


There will be very limited services on these dates, with some areas having no services at all.  All of the online journey planners are now updated, including the journey checker on their dedicated strike page The majority of services will run normally on Thursday 2 February – with some small changes to early morning and late evening services.


GWR are asking customers to check before they travel, there is also further advice on their dedicated webpage about how to claim refunds or how to use tickets on alternative dates.


It is also worth noting that Transport for Wales and Transport for London (Elizabeth Line) services are not affected by this strike, and will run normally.