Photo gallery from Dawlish

A selection of photographs taken by our reporters at Dawlish on the day the main line through Devon reopened.

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Dawlish railway won't re-open until 'mid-April'

Following the latest severe storms last weekend, Network Rail has updated its estimate of the time it will take to restore the railway at Dawlish.

It has now advised that the railway will be repaired by mid-April and that it will be working night and day with dedicated resources to accelerate the programme.

Last weekend's storm caused extensive, further damage, increasing the scope of the repairs. However, the first defences installed reduced the potential impact and helped prevent further damage to the houses.

We are all conscious of the importance of this railway to the South West, its economy and the people of Dawlish. They have been tremendous in supporting our team and understanding of the challenges we face. We are confident that we will have the railway back by mid-April and if we can we will beat that date."

– Patrick Hallgate, Route Managing Director, Network Rail Western


Plymouth councillor calls for action over rail problems

Plymouth is determined that it is "open for business" in the face of huge transport problems following the flooding and damage to the railway line at Dawlish.

This morning the Prime Minister visited the repair work and promised to do everything possible to help. But Tudor Evans, the Labour leader of Plymouth City Council is calling on Mr Cameron to 'walk the walk' and not just 'talk the talk'.

He made the comment during an interview with our presenter Ian Axton in Plymouth City Centre earlier today.

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