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Exmoor National Park in need of repairs after floods

It's going to take months to put right flood damage caused to Exmoor National Park. Some paths and bridges have been swept away. The cost of repairs is expected to reach more than a £100,000.

Meanwhile Somerset County Council is preparing to rebuild the historic Tarr Steps after more than half of the clapper bridge was destroyed. Our Somerset Correspondent, David Woodland reports:


TRAINS: latest disruption owing to floods

First Great Western has just issued this statement:

"Network Rail has advised us that it is unsafe to operate services through Chipping Sodbury and the Severn Tunnel due to flooding. Presently all lines between Bristol Temple Meads and Weston Super Mare - leading to Taunton and Bristol Parkway to Gloucester are blocked. Services from Bristol Parkway into South Wales are also subject to cancellation or delay.The Severn Tunnel has now reopened - and services between Bristol Parkway and Newport are returning to normal, but some services may still be cancelled or delayed by up to 120 minutes. "

– First Great Western

Plymouth Christmas lights switch-on cancelled

A forecast of high winds and torrential rain has forced the cancellation of tomorrow's formal Christmas lights switch on in Plymouth city centre. Organisers say they've decided to cancel in the interests of public safety. Special late night park and ride services have been withdrawn.

The Christmas lights will still be switched on tomorrow evening and late night shopping will begin as planned. A spokesman for the Plymouth City Centre Company said they hoped to reschedule the entertainment programme that was due to accompany the official switch-on.