Michael L Roach
Laira Steam Shed on the morning of 22 September 1962
MLR / 4 September 2022
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A prequal project sees a new park & ride station at Nansledan (Close to Quintrell Downs) , and a new roadbridge to replace Chapel and Trencreek Crossings. Cornwall Council’s website says this will all be completed in 2021, but as it hasn’t been it’s likely that the crossings will need to be replaced anyway, and Treloggan Crossing may need a footbridge, to cater for the doubling in service frequency and increased linespeed.
Members of my generation will remember that from around June 1968 Par and Camborne were downgraded to speed up the InterCity service, and Newquay trains extended to Bodmin Road, which coincidentally gave Lostwithiel an improved service. When did Par revert to being the advertised junction?
There are still occasional through trains between Newquay and Plymouth, plus of course the summer Long distance services. I’m not aware there has ever been a through train from Newquay to Falmouth via Par, but in the 1950s there was an occasional through train via Perranporth, although I suspect this was more to balance Truro’s stock and crew mileage rather than for passenger benefit.
Further comment from John. The 1968 Transport Act brought in the concept of the Social Railway, and to cover its costs BR was encouraged to sell the family silver (railway land) which is why so many supermarkets are built in former goods yards. The 70s and 80s saw a declining railway, so when Newquay Box closed in 1987, the former platform 2 used less infrastructure and platform 3 was sold to a supermarket who don't want to sell it back, so Network Rail may have to foot the additional cost of rebuilding platform 1. Now we have a railway resurgence I wouldn't advise buying a property near railway land in case they ever want it back!
Newquay / Falmouth
Kind regards, Mike Bojko