Pickles: 'Might have been a problem' over floods response

The Communities and Local Government Secretary has appeared to suggest the Government and authorities may have been slow to react to the problem of the flooding. Ministers have announced an extra £30m for emergency repairs - £130m in total.

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South west rail network 'needs a long-term solution'

A huge length of railway track is exposed and left hanging after the sea wall collapsed in Dawlish. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Transport Secretary has called for a review of the long term future of the south west railway system.

Patrick McLoughlin said: "The immediate priority is to assess the damage and develop a plan to get the line back into service as soon as possible.

"But I am acutely conscious that the need to develop a long-term solution to the resilience of the railway network in the south west, and I have asked for a report to me on the options for addressing this problem."

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