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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


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.


Rail passengers take to buses at Exeter

Buses have replaced trains for many services Credit: ITV Westcountry
The scene at Exeter St Davids a short time ago Credit: ITV Westcountry

There's still widespread disruption to trains in the South West, with buses in operation to cover the routes worst affected. On South West Trains there are no services between Exeter and Yeovil after the line was undermined by floodwaters. Much of Devon and Cornwall remains closed to rail services.

Rain causes travel disruption

The rain has caused travel chaos throughout the region today with train services disrupted and commuters forced on to replacement bus services.

Services have been suspended between Plymouth and Bristol after flooding at Tiverton Parkway.

And there were also no trains between Exeter St Davids and Yeovil Junction after a landslip on the line between Honiton and Axminster.

The problems could continue into the weekend.

Richard Lawrence reports:

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