1:51 pm, Tue 26 Mar 2013 West Country (E)
First Group keeps hold of Great Western Rail Service
First Group will keep the franchise for a further three years.
Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Archive
First Group, which runs the Great Western Rail Service, will keep the franchise for a further three years.
The new timetable for rail franchise bids was announced by the Transport Secretary this morning.
First Group was due to bid again this October for the service operating trains from the West Country to London Paddington. This has now been delayed and they won't have to bid again until July 2016.
2:09 pm, Fri 28 Dec 2012 West Country Travel
The main railway line between Taunton and Exeter has finally reopened. The junction at Cowley Bridge had been closed by flood damage.
11:51 am, Wed 05 Dec 2012 Floods Cause Travel Disruption
ROADS: A361 in Burrowbridge will remain closed all week
New Road is still closed because of flooding between Riverside in Burrowbridge and Northmoor Lane in Lyng. Somerset County Council says it will remain closed for the rest of the week at least.
10:16 am, Mon 03 Dec 2012 Floods Cause Travel Disruption
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.
11:59 am, Sun 02 Dec 2012 Floods Cause Travel Disruption
Services still limited as Exeter line reopens
The landslip was caused by heavy rainfall
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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.
8:15 pm, Fri 30 Nov 2012 Floods Cause Travel Disruption
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.
3:43 pm, Thu 29 Nov 2012 Floods Cause Travel Disruption
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:
2:25 pm, Thu 29 Nov 2012 Floods Cause Travel Disruption
Landslip at Teignmouth causes more delays for rail passengers
The line between Exeter and Newton Abbot is closed due to a landslip.
Credit: ITV Westcountry
The main rail line between Exeter and Newton Abbot will be closed for several days after it was hit by a landslide at Teignmouth.
It had only just reopened after flood damage last week.
Workers trying to clear the landslip on the Exeter to Newton Abbot line.
Credit: ITV Westcountry
9:01 pm, Tue 27 Nov 2012 Floods Cause Travel Disruption
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.
5:00 pm, Tue 27 Nov 2012 Floods Cause Travel Disruption
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.