Broken down train causes disruption at Exeter St Davids

A broken down train between Exeter St Davids and Barnstaple has blocked all lines.

National Rail say there will be no trains to or from the station until at least 10.30am this morning.

Buses will replace trains here until the train has been removed.

The train is thought to have broken down just before 7am on Thursday morning.

Passengers face more disruption from next week because of tunnel upgrades and track replacement works.

The   closure of the Whiteball Tunnel  near Tiverton Parkway   – which will last from  Monday February  18, to Friday  March 8 –  will sever the rail mainline into Devon  and Cornwall, forcing passengers to catch a bus between Taunton and Exeter. 

 

The closure of  one of the two tunnels at Marley,  near Totnes (which also will last from  Monday February  18, to Friday  March 8)  –  will be less disruptive, but will result in reduced services – and the replacement of trains with buses for one day only.

The other works will also be less disruptive, and confined to single days or weekends.

CrossCountry’s  website says : “A revised train service will be in operation between Exeter St Davids, Dawlish, Teignmouth, Newton Abbot, Totnes and Plymouth.

“Rail replacement road transport between Taunton and Exeter St Davids will operate from Monday 18 February. Road transport will operate between Newton Abbot, Totnes and Plymouth on Sunday 17 February.”

 

This morning, GWR announced on Twitter that: “Upgrade works are taking place in Devon & Cornwall between 18 February and 8 March.

“Long distance trains will be diverted, extending their journey times, and run at a reduced frequency with buses to supplement some journeys.”

An infographic on the Tweet states that, from Monday February 18, to Friday March 8

  • Buses will replace trains  between Taunton and Exeter
  • Train services between Exeter and Plymouth will be reduced
  • A shuttle train service will operate in Cornwall
  • On February 17, buses will replace trains between Newton Abbot and Plymouth
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