Lynton and Lynmouth cliff railway closed after landslip

The Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway has been closed due to a landslip of earth and rock debris onto the tracks of the railway.

The railway was not operating at the time and no one was hurt. The train has not been damaged either.

It's thought to have been a result of combined heavy rain and freezing easterly wind conditions which have created an unstable section of banking near the middle bridge section of the track.

Engineers working at the site of the landslip. Credit: ITV West Country

Rope access specialists have been brought in to work alongside the Cliff Railway engineers to assess the situation and to carry out work to remove the debris and re-stabilise the section of bank.

The railway will reopen when safety checks have been completed.

The Lynton and Lynmouth Lift Company has apologised for the inconvenience caused to the local community and visitors but says it takes safety very seriously.

The cliff railway will reopen once the debris is cleared, the bank is shored up and safety checks are complete. Credit: ITV West Country