Floods update - Cornwall soldiers on
Travel links between Cornwall and the rest of the UK have improved with news that the Exeter-to-Paddington rail line has re-opened.
Network Rail is also reported to be considering re-opening the Okehampton-to-Tavistock line (via Playmouth) as a back-up to the Dawlish line, which was badly damaged by storms last week.
National Express has launched a bus service from Plymouth to Heathrow.
And rail operator First Great Western (FGW) is shouldering the cost of reducing ticket prices by 25 per cent.
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Meanwhile, tourist businesses are taking stock of last week's storm damage ahead of half term as South West Water announces an investment of £160 million to assist with flood prevention and price freezes across the UK.
Picture: Simon Maycock has tweeted this picture of a car about to be submerged at Mousehole harbour car park on the weekend.
The line between Taunton and Bridgwater remains closed due to flooding, as does the line between Exeter and Newton Abbot due to the sea wall collapse at Dawlish.
Flooding is also expected to affect rail services between Oxford and Didcot Parkway.
Limited services will start between London Paddington and Exeter in the late morning, with Exeter to London Paddington services starting at lunchtime.
Coaches will continue to offer direct services to Exeter St Davids and Plymouth from Bristol Parkway, connecting with South Wales trains from London, and with services from the Midlands and the North until the mainline reopens to Taunton. Journey times will continue to be significantly extended.
FGW said its timetable plans for next week have been revised and we now expect the following to operate:
• Services to Somerset, Devon and Cornwall via Bristol Temple Meads will terminate at Weston-super-Mare, with a limited, hourly service extending to Bridgwater
• Coaches will operate between Bridgwater and Taunton
• Trains will run between Penzance and Plymouth, and Newton Abbot, but with some service changes - passengers should check journey times carefully before travelling
• An hourly rail shuttle will operate between Taunton and Exeter St Davids calling at Tiverton Parkway
• An hourly all stations rail shuttle will run between Newton Abbot and Paignton
• Customers from Bristol Temple Meads to intermediate stations between Exeter St Davids and Dawlish are advised to travel to Bristol Parkway, for a direct bus to Exeter St Davids, and then connecting bus services
• All Cornish branch lines will run as normal (subject to weather conditions), with some revised timings to optimise connections with main line services