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Thu Feb 6, 2014, 09:09 AM

UK: Cornwall and parts of Devon could be without rail links to London for a while


Our engineers are working to restore rail services in Devon and Cornwall
05 February 2014

The railway between Exeter and Penzance is shut after damage at several locations caused by storm force winds, heavy seas and flooding.

Severe damage

On the coast at Dawlish, around 80m of both tracks has been severely damaged by the sea, washing away ballast and the foundations on which the track is built. There is also severe damage to the sea wall and the track and platforms at Dawlish station.

Exeter - Plymouth services suspended

We're on site at a number of locations in the south west of England and are making repairs where the weather conditions permit. It is hoped that these repairs will enable some services on the main line between Plymouth and Penzance to resume today 5 February 2014, however the line between Exeter and Plymouth will remain closed until further notice because of the damage at Dawlish.

We'll carry out an initial assessment of the damage at Dawlish as soon as the weather subsides to help us identify the extent and scope of repairs required to enable trains to run safely.

Check before you travel

Before setting off, check with your train operator or National Rail Enquiries for the latest information on how the weather is impacting rail journeys .

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