First Great Western is advising passengers not to attempt to travel West of Tiverton in either direction, as wet weather continues to disrupt rail services across the UK. Flooding and landslips continue to affect the following areas:
- Trains continue to be unable to operate between Tiverton Parkway Station and Exeter St Davids.
- The line between Exeter St Davids and Tiverton is expected to remain closed until at least 28th December.
- Services between Par and Newquay are also suspended in both directions with very limited road transport available. The line will not reopen today.
- Services between Exeter St Davids and Barnstaple are suspended in both directions, with very limited road transport available.
- Services between Liskeard and Looe are suspended in both directions with limited road transport operating between Liskead and Looe only.
- Services between Swindon and Bristol Parkway are suspended in both directions.
Heavy rain has turned into a wet Christmas nightmare for millions of travellers, as reduced services on rail lines and planned engineering work added to the travel chaos.
There are still no services running between Swindon and Bristol Parkway due to flooding.
If you are planning to travelling to or from Devon and Cornwall it is advised to postpone your journey if at all possible ^JessFrom @FGW on Twitter:
Owing to flooding between Exeter St Davids and Barnstaple all lines are blocked.From @FGW on Twitter:
Owing to flooding between Liskeard and Looe all lines are blocked.From @FGW on Twitter:
Owing to flooding between Par and Newquay all lines are blocked.From @FGW on Twitter:
National Rail Enquiries says anyone travelling today should use their journey planner to check if journey is affected.
There are still a number of routes affected by flooding this morning - according to National Rail:
- CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains, First Great Western and First TransPennine Express are all experiencing major delays
- No trains running between Bristol Parkway and Swindon because of flooding, services between Paddington and Swansea will be diverted, with journey times extended up to 45 minutes
- Trains will not run between Exeter St Davids and Tiverton Parkway until Friday at the earliest, with replacement buses and diverted routes offering passengers some alternatives
- London Midland is also facing disruption on most of its routes today - this time because of a shortage of train crew
- Flooding near Long Eaton means services between Derby and Nottingham are suspended
- A landslip is affecting journeys between Liverpool and Manchester
Rail operators in South West England are warning that their services are still being delayed by floods.
The mainline from London Paddington to Swansea is blocked between Swindon and Bristol Parkway because of the floods. Although trains are leaving Swansea and London, passengers face delays when they get to the westcountry because of a diversion.