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Trains suspended in Cornwall due to storm damage and flooding

By CMChloe  |  Posted: February 15, 2014

Penzance railway track looked more like a river after yesterday's storm. Pic First Great Western

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Update: First Great Western has confirmed that following an aerial survey the main line into Cornwall will not reopen until 10.30am tomorrow morning.

Trains coming into the county will be able to travel as far as St Erth as the badly damaged Penzance station will remain closed for further examination.

Passengers will be taken by coach from St Erth to Penzance.

Looe Valley line will also remain closed tomorrow due to flooding.

FGW is currently removing debris from the tracks, with some branch lines now reopen in the county.

Earlier: Trains through Cornwall are currently suspended after yesterday’s storm caused flooding and severe damage to several lines.

First Great Western (FGW) is advising customers not to travel as services from Penzance to Plymouth are currently not running.

Network Rail is due to carry out an aerial inspection today of the railway lines to assess the damage and check where debris on the tracks can be cleared from.

Penzance train station was one of the worst affected, with services unlikely to resume this weekend.

Jayne Jones, from FGW, said: “We are waiting on Network Rail’s inspection. We hope to start running services again from early this afternoon. We know there has been significant damage in Penzance, the flooding there was very significant, and so that will be closed for longer.”

Flooding at Looe station and trees down on the Falmouth branch will see services suspended for a longer period of time in these areas.

Due to the poor conditions on the road, FGW said they are not in a position to offer alternative transport.

Passengers are being offered a full refund on tickets.

For more information and updates visit firstgreatwestern.co.uk/traveladvice.

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