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Tarka Line train services to resume next week

Services on the Tarka Line from Exeter to Barnstaple will resume next week despite only part of the track relaying being completed because of recent extreme bad weather.

Flooding damaged track and signalling and telecoms equipment at Cowley Bridge Junction between Exeter St Davids and Tiverton Parkway.

Services will resume from Monday, although they will suffer some disruption because of a lack of signalling at Exeter’s Cowley Bridge Junction.

We’ve agreed with train operator First Great Western that we will run two trains onto the Barnstaple line each day, to form Crediton to Barnstaple shuttle trains throughout each day, with a bus between Crediton and Exeter.

The floodwaters around Exeter Cowley Bridge caused extensive damage to the points and signalling with the junction of the line to Barnstaple.

With contingency signalling in operation during the day for the main line Taunton to Exeter and the need to manually operate all points at Cowley Bridge Junction, it simply isn’t viable to run trains through to Exeter on and off the Barnstaple line.

If signalling starts to trickle back into operation, however, we can look to revise this decision.

– Tim Maddocks, Network Rail

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