Trains to run again on Axminster to Exeter line

PUBLISHED: 17:30 26 November 2012

Axminster railway station. Photo by Chris Carson

Axminster railway station. Photo by Chris Carson

Archant

South West Trains expects to restore a limited service on the Waterloo to Exeter line tomorrow (Tuesday)

South West Trains expects to restore a limited service on the London to Exeter line tomorrow (Tuesday, November 27) after engineers worked around the clock to repair track damage caused by extreme weather conditions.

As a result, from the start of service in the morning, a two-hourly train service will operate between London Waterloo and Exeter St Davids. A separate two-hourly service will also operate between London Waterloo and Yeovil Junction.

Passengers are, however, advised that journeys will take longer than usual as a result of speed restrictions in place on some sections of the track. Trains are also expected to be very busy as other train operators in the region are operating extremely limited services only. For that reason, a replacement bus service will continue to operate between Yeovil Junction and Exeter St Davids throughout the day to supplement the train service.

In addition, a number of South West Trains services will not call at Feniton, Whimple and Pinhoe Stations tomorrow. However, these stations will be served by the replacement bus service.

Further details of the train service and bus timetable are available at http://www.southwesttrains.co.uk/alerts.aspx

Jake Kelly, Customer Service Director for the South West Trains/Network Rail alliance said: “The weather conditions over the past week in the south west have been very challenging and we would like to thank our customers for their patience during this time. Despite suffering a setback to our work schedule as a result of heavy flooding on Saturday night, we expect to be able to re-open the line for passengers tomorrow provided the weather does not cause any further setbacks overnight tonight.

“Our staff have worked very hard to repair the track damage as well as keeping customers informed of the changes to their normal train service. We’ve had extra staff at stations and have posted regular service updates through our Twitter account and on our website. While there is still more engineering work to be carried out over the coming days and weeks, the most important thing is that we should now be in a position to run train services once again for our passengers.”

Engineers have been working since Wednesday to repair damage caused by flooding between Honiton and Axminster as well as on the embankment at Broom Level Crossing near Axminster. More bad weather overnight on Saturday caused further damage to the track. However, engineers worked throughout the night on Sunday to re-open the line as quickly as possible.

Since last Wednesday, engineers have carried out the following work:

- Creating extra drainage in affected areas

- Clearing trees from the trackside

- Installation of equipment (steel baskets) to protect the track from further landslip damage

- Clearing debris from landslip sites

- Continual monitoring of a number of affected locations

- Replacement of a ballast – a structure which underpins the railway track and provides extra support – at Broom

Passengers planning to travel are advised to visit the dedicated South West Trains webpage http://www.southwesttrains.co.uk/alerts.aspx or call National Rail Enquiries for the latest service updates before they travel. Twitter users can follow South West Trains at @SW_Trains.

0 comments

Other News Stories

16:33

The measures to restrict vehicular access to Cranbrook Railway Station are to remain for the immediate future.

Read more
16:09

Travel writer to lift the lid on the world’s most secretive nation

Read more
12:54

Main sponsor John Capon presents the Otter Windows Shield to Vicki Watkins

Read more
18:04

On this week in 1944: Extracts from the Exmouth Journal, printed April 22, 1944.

Read more
09:38

Police called after reports of shoplifters targeting local stores.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:00

Three Honiton venues joined forces to bring artisans and makers together for a spring fair.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:57

Local scout groups parade through Beer.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:19

An ex-professional footballer from Spain has been jailed for 11 years for abusing five boys while in Britain.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:02

Primary school youngsters pull on their running shoes to support CLIC Sargent children’s cancer charity

Read more
Yesterday, 11:00

See the Future held a successful fundraiser as supporters walked around the streets of Honiton.

Read more

Local Weather

Rain

Rain

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 4°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Midweek Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Honiton's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications