Dawlish train line to remain closed throughout the day as huge waves and heavy rain flood station

The main railway at Dawlish is to remain closed throughout the afternoon as heavy rain and huge waves continue to batter the region.

Trains are not running between Exeter St Davids and Newton Abbot as dramatic pictures show a flooded Dawlish station following intense bursts of rain and strong winds overnight and this morning.

It was initially thought the station would reopen at noon today, but National Rail say services will not be able to run there until 3pm at the earliest.

The news has left many frustrated with the continuing problem. Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw tweeted: “This is absurd. Are we to lose our main rail line every time there’s a high tide & strong winds forecast? Illustrates why we need a resilient Dawlish avoiding route on which there has been zero progress.”

Trains have been altered due to the forecast weather in Dawlish

The latest from National Rail reads: “Services running over the Dawlish sea wall will be affected by high tides today.

“Waves are expected to over-top the exposed sea wall at Dawlish, meaning trains will not be able to run between Exeter St Davids and Newton Abbot from the start of service until approximately 15:00.

“A rail service will still run between Newton Abbot, Plymouth and the South West.”

Exmouth seafront was flooded this morning

Alternative travel advice:

Mutual ticket acceptance is in place on CrossCountry and Great Western Railway services between Bristol Temple Meads / Taunton / Exeter St Davids and Penzance.

Replacement road transport will operate between:

  • Tiverton Parkway and Plymouth, please change at Tiverton Parkway for direct buses to Plymouth. The expected journey time is approximately 80 minutes. A bus timetable is available here.
  • Exeter St Davids and Newton Abbot, calling at Exeter St Thomas, Starcross, Dawlish Warren, Dawlish and Teignmouth. The expected journey time is approximately 85 minutes. There is no timetable for this road transport; staff will be at these stations to assist with onward travel.

Cross Country tickets will be accepted on the following services:

  • Local Stagecoach buses on routes 2, 11, 12, 55, 55A, 55B, 57, 57A, 57B, Gold and H
  • Great Western Railway services between Bristol Temple Meads / Taunton / Exeter St Davids and Penzance

Exmouth seafront this morning

Great Western Railway tickets will be accepted on the following services:

  • Cross Country services between Bristol Temple Meads / Taunton / Exeter St Davids and Penzance
  • South Western Railway services between Exeter St Davids and London Waterloo
  • London Underground services from London Waterloo to London Paddington, however, industrial action is planned on the Central, Waterloo & City, with a very limited service

You may also use your tickets on the following local bus services:

First Kernow on the following routes:

  • 21: St Austell (Station) – St Columb Road (Glen View) – Quintrell Downs (Quintrell Stores) – Newquay,
  • 25: St Austell (Station) – Par (Station)
  • 27: Truro (Bus Station) – St Austell (Station) – Bugle (The Square) – Roche – Bodmin, First Kernow route 87: Truro (Station) – Newquay (Bus Station),
  • T1: Penzance (Station) – St Erth (Station) – Hayle – Camborne (Bus Station) – Redruth (Station) – Truro,
  • 90, 92, 93: Truro (Bus Station) – St Columb Road (Glen View) – Quintrell Downs (Quintrell Stores) – Newquay,
  • T2: St Ives (Bus Station) – Carbis Bay – Lelant – Hayle – Camborne (Bus Station) – Redruth (Station) – Truro

Stagecoach South West on the following routes:

  • X38: Exeter (Bus Station) – Ivybridge – Plymouth (Bus Station),
  • X64: Exeter (Bus Station) – Newton Abbot (Sherborne Road) – Totnes (Royal Seven Stars),
  • 22: Dawlish Warren – Dawlish (The Green) – Teignmouth – Torquay (Strand) – Paignton (Bus Station),
  • 155: Exeter (Bus Station) – Tiverton (Bus Station) – Barnstaple (Bus Station),
  • 12: Newton Abbot (Station) – Torre (Station) – Torquay (Grand Hotel) – Paignton (Bus Station),
  • 2: Newton Abbot (Sherborne Rd) – Teignmouth – Dawlish (Green) – Starcross (Station) – Exeter (Bus Station).
  • Stagecoach GOLD bus route: Torquay (Grand Hotel) – Paignton – Totnes (Station) – Ivybridge – Plymouth (Royal Parade)

Ticket easements:

CrossCountry – Restrictions have been removed on CrossCountry Advance tickets for journeys to and from stations west of Exeter, and passengers with tickets for travel on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday can travel on any of these dates, but as close to their booked time as possible.

Great Western Railway – You may use your ticket for Wednesday 7th November for travel on Thursday 8th November, but if you choose not to travel, you will be entitled to a refund.