Devon

Newton Abbot-to-Exeter landslip-hit railway line re-opens

  • 1 December 2012
  • From the section Devon
Landslip on railway
The landslides between Newton Abbot and Exeter were triggered by heavy rain

Trains are running again on a railway line in Devon that was closed by numerous landslips.

The eastbound track at Teignmouth at 05:00 GMT, after the westbound line reopened on Friday.

A total of 14 landslips affected the line, which was closed for nearly a week after heavy rain.

Network Rail said services would be "very limited", with speed restrictions in place. Travellers have been advised to check which services are running.

Thousands of tonnes of mud and rock fell onto the track between Newton Abbot and Exeter.

Clearance work on track
Network Rail has removed more than 1,000 tonnes of mud and rocks

Spokesman John Baker said he hoped there would be no further landslips, but he could not guarantee it.

"You can't account for mother nature. These things happen and that's a particularly vulnerable stretch obviously, because the line's so close to the cliff face," he told BBC News.

"I can't say it won't happen again, but we hope it doesn't and if it does we'll be on the job working round the clock to get it sorted.

Network Rail staff will continue the work to remove the mud and rock "during quiet spells," Mr Baker added.

The National Rail website has full details of affected services, but it could be another two weeks before services are completely back to normal.

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