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Miliband says he'll make the West Country rail service 'a priority'

Labour leader Ed Miliband told ITV News West Country that he will make investment in the regions transport infrastructure 'a priority'.

We recognise the priority in the South West has got to have in relation to rail. There are clearly big issues, not just because of what happened at Dawlish, but in terms of connectivity. I'm not coming here with a blank cheque - you wouldn't expect me to do so as we have to get the deficit down - but it is important to say we are going to make this a priority.

– Ed Miliband, Labour Leader


Report criticises response to Dawlish line damage

The trainline was washed away during storms last year Credit: ITV News West Country

It's exactly a year since part of the Dawlish train line was washed away, and a new report has criticised the response of some key organisations.

It says grants and compensation schemes were slow to appear and poorly advertised. There was praise though for Network Rail and the 'Open for Business' campaign.

Cameron responds to Dawlish train line concerns

David Cameron answered Anne Marie Morris' concerns over the maintenance of the railway Credit: ITV News

At Prime Minister's Questions, David Cameron answered Anne Marie Morris' concerns over the maintenance of the Dawlish railway line:

We are working with the South West Peninsula Rail Task Force to bring together all the strategic and local transport schemes. I'm absolutely determined that the South-West of this country will have strong road, rail and air - these are absolutely vital to our long term plan.

– David Cameron

Calls to maintain Dawlish line a year after storm

The line was left badly damaged in February 2014 Credit: ITV News West Country

It's a year ago tonight since a huge storm washed away part of the railway line at Dawlish on the Devon coast.

The line was out of action for eight weeks, costing the region's economy over £100 million in lost business. Today Anne Marie Morris, MP for Newton Abbot, will ask the Prime Minister to ensure that route is maintained alongside other investment in the region.


Storm damages Polperro Harbour steps

Storms have damaged the steps at Polperro Harbour in Cornwall, causing problems for anyone who uses the harbour regularly. The steps provide access to boats and are thought to now need extensive repairs.

But there has been no repeat of the serious flooding and damage caused by storms there earlier in the year.

Damage to the harbour steps at Polperro caused by last night's storm Credit: ITV News

MP calls for additional rail route through Devon

As the Transport Secretary visits Devon to discuss rail links in the county in the wake of the Dawlish disaster, one of the county's MPs says it is imperative that there should be an alternative route.

We've got to have a reliant system that would mean two lines one going via Dawlish as it currently does and one going through Okehampton and Tavistock, as it now should. And as I've said, the case is compelling.

– Geoffrey Cox MP Con, Torridge & West Devon
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