Still trouble on the tracks in Devon and Cornwall: RAIL UPDATE

Falmouth Packet: High water levels at Penzance station during the wild weather High water levels at Penzance station during the wild weather

Flooding and storm damage continues to affect services in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall.

The line between Exeter and Newton Abbot remains closed due to the sea wall collapse at Dawlish.

The line between Taunton and Bridgwater remains closed due to flooding on the Somerset levels.

The Looe Valley line remains closed due to flooding.

The line between Penzance and St Erth remains closed due to storm damage to signals at Penzance station.

The line between Topsham and Exmouth is closed due to damage to the sea wall.

An hourly rail service is operating between Exeter St Davids and London Paddington. Some of these services may have to travel over a diversionary route, and your journey may take longer than normal.

Mainline services in Cornwall are operating normally between Plymouth and St Erth, with coaches providing travel between Penzance and St Erth.

Branch lines in Cornwall are operating normally apart from the Looe Valley line which remains flooded.

Branch lines in Devon are operating normally apart from the Exmouth branch, where services are suspended between Topsham and Exmouth. Coaches operate between these stations.

The line between Taunton and Bridgwater remains closed due to flooding on the Somerset levels. Coaches operate between these stations.

The line between Newton Abbot and Exeter remains closed owing to the collapse of the sea wall at Dawlish. Coaches operate between these stations calling at intermediate stations. Fast, direct coaches also operate from Truro, Bodmin, Plymouth and Exeter to Bristol and Tiverton to connect with trains to and from London.

Customers travelling from Bristol Temple Meads to Plymouth or Cornwall should take a train to Bristol Parkway and use a direct bus service from there.

To help customers who postponed journeys last week, ticket restrictions are lifted today (Monday 17 February).  For passengers who delayed their journey because of the flooding ticket restrictions are lifted for the return leg of a journey.

Passengers can also travel with unused tickets purchased up to and including Monday 17 February. These tickets are valid until Friday 21 February.

Normal ticket restrictions will apply to tickets purchased for travel from Tuesday 18 February onwards.

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5:27am Tue 18 Feb 14

A_P_Bruton says...

The delay to the repairing of the line at Dawlish shows how vulnerable Plymouth and Cornwall are to sustained isolation in times of bad weather. Their problems would be mitigated by a second inland line from Exeter. The reopening of the line from Exeter to Plymouth via Okehampton and Tavistock would reconnect areas needing infrastructure and alleviate the problems further west. There is a petition on the government's own websitre calling for the reopening of missing link in the Dartmoor line from Okehampton to Bere Alston on the Gunnislake line. Link to petition here: http://epetitions.di
rect.gov.uk/petition
s/60302
The delay to the repairing of the line at Dawlish shows how vulnerable Plymouth and Cornwall are to sustained isolation in times of bad weather. Their problems would be mitigated by a second inland line from Exeter. The reopening of the line from Exeter to Plymouth via Okehampton and Tavistock would reconnect areas needing infrastructure and alleviate the problems further west. There is a petition on the government's own websitre calling for the reopening of missing link in the Dartmoor line from Okehampton to Bere Alston on the Gunnislake line. Link to petition here: http://epetitions.di rect.gov.uk/petition s/60302 A_P_Bruton
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