Floods Cause Travel Disruption

Hundreds of people across the region are facing travel disruption following extreme weather

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Misery continues for rail travellers

Rush-hour rail problems that plagued passengers on many days in November continued for commuters in the South West on the first working day of December.

Travellers whose services were still affected by last week's floods were hit by a combination of difficulties including late-running engineering work. The aftermath of the floods continued to hit services in devon, with buses replacing trains on some routes.

Replacement buses are running on First Great Western Services between Exeter St Davids and Crediton due to flooding. But the good news is that the Tarka line has now re-opened between Crediton and Barnstaple following major work on the track.


Services still limited as Exeter line reopens

The landslip was caused by heavy rainfall Credit: ITV Westcountry

The trainline has reopened between Newton Abbott and Exeter after it was closed after a landslip.

Thousands of tonnes of rubble fell onto the track at Teignmouth following heavy rain. Network Rail say services will still be very limited and travellers should check which trains are running.

Skybus flights transferred to Newquay

Skybus has transferred all flights from Land's End to Newquay Cornwall Airport until Thursday 6 December because more heavy rain is forecast this weekend.

This will allow time for the grass runway to dry out in the better weather predicted for the middle of next week.

All Skybus services to and from St Mary’s Airport on the Isles of Scilly will operate via Newquay today and on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Skybus does not operate on Sundays.

Train disruption could last for weeks

The mudslide at Teignmouth has meant the closure of the line between Exeter and Plymouth, with travellers being bussed to and from the stations there.

It's hoped the line will be re-opened in the next few days - but it could be at least a fortnight before services return to normal.

Jeff Welch has the latest from Teignmouth:


RAC urges drivers not to take risks

The RAC is urging motorists not to take unnecessary risks by trying to drive through flooded roads their cars cannot cope with.

The rescue service says its seen a sharp rise in water related break downs over the last few days and is appealing to drivers to use an alternative route instead of taking their chances. Although some motorists are heeding the warning, others aren't.

Engineers working solidly to repair rail network

The week of heavy rain has caused another day of travel disruption for rail passengers.

At its worst, parts of the main line in and out of the South West were left completely submerged by fast flowing flood waters. The problems could continue for another fortnight.

Engineers are working around the clock to repair the damage and get the rail network back up and running.

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