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Bad weather hits train punctuality

The bad weather saw punctuality times for trains across the country fall Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The severe winter storms took their toll on train punctuality including that of CrossCountry last month, according to official figures.

The CrossCountry train company, managed only a punctuality figure of 78.1% in February, compared with 88.8% for February 2013.

First Great Western, affected by the severe damage to the coastal track at Dawlish in Devon, had a trains-on-time figure of only 80.4% last month, compared with 91.8% in February 2013.

Since December staff dealt with more than 500 fallen trees blocking lines, 285 flooded sites and 73 landslips or line washouts.

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Flooding causes disruption to rail services

There's widespread disruption to rail services in the West Country owing to flooding. There are currently no services running between St Ives and St Erth. Replacement bus services are being laid on. There are also no services between Penzance and St Erth. Tickets are being accepted on bus routes.

And there are no trains between Exeter St Davids and Plymouth owing to high tides affecting the line from Exeter to Newton Abbot.

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