Thursday 30 Oct 2008
EXETER - TIVERTON PARKWAY RAIL SERVICES DISRUPTED BY FLOODS
Severe flooding near Hele Bradninch has led to the suspension of all rail services between Exeter St. Davids – Tiverton Parkway stations, affecting rail passengers travelling with First Great Western and Arriva Cross Country.
The level crossing at Hele Bradninch is also closed to traffic and pedestrians.
Lines will remain close until the weather condition stabilises when work can be carried out to make any immediate and essential repair. The railway track is 2ft under water and this makes it impossible for engineers to determine the areas and scale of damage at this stage.
Chris Rayner, route infrastructure maintenance director, Network Rail said: “Our people are working as hard and as quickly as possible to deal with the effects of this extreme weather. The atrocious conditions are currently hampering work but we are monitoring the situation closely. We look to start repair work as soon as the condition stabilises and bring the track back up."
Passengers travelling on this line are advised to contact National Rail Enquiries on www.nationalrail.co.uk or 08457 48 49 50 for information on the changes to their journey. Traffic approaching the Hele Bradninch level crossing will be diverted.
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