ITV News reporter Lewis Vaughan-Jones is travelling on the 07.06 train from Paddington to Dawlish. The railway line in Devon had been closed following recent storm damage, leaving travellers unable to reach Devon and Cornwall directly by train.
The first train leaving from Paddington to Dawlish this morning. Business in South West suffered with no rail link http://t.co/TfhwiQHBCb
After weeks of work by a 300-strong team, Network Rail (NR) has been able to restore the badly-damaged line at Dawlish in Devon.
The coast-hugging line at Dawlish bore the brunt of the severe weather this winter, with the sea wall breached and the line badly damaged on 4th February.
This led to the line linking Exeter St Davids with Newton Abbot, Plymouth and Penzance to close and saw the start of a huge repair job by NR.Large teams of workers moved in to start the massive clear up.
Businesses say that when news broke nationally of the rail line collapse at Dawlish it was as if a light switch went off on bookings.Read the full story ›
The main rail line through Dawlish reopens tomorrow. It's been closed since February's storms washed away parts of the sea wall and track foundations.
Tudor Evans, the leader of Plymouth City Council, says the city has been losing between £4m - £5m per week since the closure:
The UN biggest study into the impact of climate change released today warned severe flooding will be more frequent as the effects of climate change are felt across the globe.
Governments have been urged to prepare for the risks of climate change such as higher sea levels, and adapt to the changing weather patterns it may bring.
In Somerset today residents celebrated as dredging started in the River Parret, as part of the Environment Agency's 'Flood Action Plan'. Measures such as dredging could become more common, as Dan Rivers reports.
Dredging has begun in Somerset, around the River Parrett, which has sparked celebrations among some residents.Read the full story ›
Dredging is underway on the the flood-hit Somerset Moors and Levels this morning.
Work is beginning on a 200-yard stretch on the River Parrett, before excavators start on a five-mile stretch of river near Burrowbridge.
The work is on a key part of the river which has been specially identified for dredging and where "significant amounts" of silt have built up, the Environment Agency has said.
Local campaigners and residents have blamed the extent of the crisis on a lack of dredging on the River Tone and River Parrett.
Gav Sadler, of Flooding on the Levels Action Group (Flag), said the dredging was "a very encouraging sight, but is just the beginning."
"We would like to see all the rivers dredged," he went on. "Another issue is we don't know the quality of the dredging they are going to do.
"We would like to see a little bit of transparency from the Environment Agency," he added. "This affects our lives, we want to make sure they do a proper job."
The start of dredging the Somerset Levels is "an important milestone" in the Government's attempts to repair the country after December and January's floods.
Dr Paul Leinster, Chief Executive at the Environment Agency, said:
Today is an important milestone in the work to reduce the risk of flooding to people, property and land in Somerset and we welcome the additional money from Government that has allowed us to undertake this further dredging.
The Environment Agency will begin dredging river beds in Somerset today as part of wider Government plans to clear up flood hit parts of the country.
Initial work on a 200-metre stretch of the River Parrett will get underway at 9am, ahead of dredging of an eight kilometre stretch of river near where the Tone and Parrett meet at Burrowbridge.
Dredging - where silt and bottom sediment is removed from the riverbed - is part of the Government's £100m 20 Year Flood Action Plan.
The Environment Agency came under huge criticism for failing to dredge the rivers that drain the floodwaters after the south of England was battered by storms.
Flooding throughout December and January of this year is thought to have affected 6,500 homes and businesses as well as leaving some villages completely cut off from the outside world.
A car stuck in floodwater on the Somerset Levels that became one of the enduring images of the recent weather crisis appears to have been sold for £101,100 on the online auction site eBay.
Its owner Hubert Zajaczkowski, had to abandon the car on his way home from work at the helicopter company AgustaWestland in Yeovil on Christmas Eve.
The money raised will go to a flood relief charity.