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Update: Main rail line into Cornwall expected to be reopened mid-afternoon

By CMChloe  |  Posted: February 16, 2014

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Main rail line into Cornwall reopened from 10.30 on limited service

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UPDATE: After a test journey on the tracks this morning, First Great Western have said that it will now be mid-afternoon before the main railway into Cornwall is reopened.

Replacement coaches will be running instead this morning.

Passengers are being advised to check with First Great Western before travelling.

Branch lines are open across the county except Looe valley line.

EARLIER:The main train line into Cornwall will reopen today after Friday night's storm suspended all services yesterday.

First Great Western (FGW) said the first service will leave from Plymouth at 10.30am but will only go as far as St Erth as Penzance station remains closed.

Jayne Jones, of FGW, said a limited service will run throughout the day, with coach transfer available for areas which can't be reached on the train line.

All branch lines are now open throughout the county except Looe Valley line which suffered greater flood damage.

Ms Jones said Penzance station is likely to remain closed for some time.

She added: "There is damage to a signal. Network Rail are still investigating."

Refunds are available to customers affected by the service changes.

Passengers are advised to check services at firstgreatwestern.co.uk/traveladvice before travelling today.

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  • A_P_Bruton  |  February 17 2014, 4:51AM

    The vulnerability of the coastal line through south Devon should not punish in times of bad weather the people of Plymouth (the south coast's largest city) and Cornwall (who have enough problems with the rail system as it is). The politicians need to know that the re-opening of the axed Okehampton–Tavistock–Plymouth route via the Gunnislake line is a necessary additional route to Plymouth and Cornwall. Sign the petition on the government's own website to keep the pressure on and prevent the promises from being forgotten once the Dawlish line is eventually rehabilitated. Link to petition here: http://tinyurl.com/oxk5f66

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