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Flooding Returns To South West

Heavy rain has brought more widespread flooding to the South West.

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RAIL: Latest on lines affected by flooding

Barnstaple to Exeter "Tarka Line": closed and not expected to re-open until after the New Year.

The line was being inspected by helicopter today ahead of a walk-through by track engineers. Ballast has been washed out in several locations.

Exeter to Exmouth Branch Line: closed following problems caused by flooding at Lympstone. It is not known when the line will reopen.

Exeter to Taunton line: hit by flooding at Cowley Bridge, will re-open at noon tomorrow, 18 hours earlier than anticipated. Both up and down main lines will be available.

Liskeard to Looe Branch Line: closed but under repair. Network Rail hopes to reopen it within the next few days.

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