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Transport minister in emergency meeting with Cornwall Council leader over rail link to Cornwall

By WBMiles  |  Posted: February 07, 2014

Dawlish

Transport minister in emergency meeting with Cornwall Council leader over rail link to Cornwall after the line at Dawlish was smashed up by storms.

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An emergency meeting is due to take place this morning between the Transport minister Patrick McLoughlin and council and business leaders in the South West.

The crisis meeting has been sparked by the demolition of the main railway line at Dawlish.

The West Briton understands Mr Mcloughlin is meeting with John Pollard, leader of Cornwall Council, and Chris Pomfret, chairman of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly local enterprise partnership (LEP).

Other local authority and business leaders are expected to be in attendance.

The meeting is understood to be taking place at Plymouth City Council offices to discuss the rail link between Cornwall and the rest of the country.

A DfT spokesman confirmed Mr McLoughlin would be in Plymouth today.

Network Rail has said it will take at least six weeks to carry out repairs to the railway line that was smashed up in the latest storms to batter the Westcountry.

A promise was made in Westminster yesterday to review alternative routes to the current line through Dawlish, which has been washed away in this week's storms.

The West Briton, the Cornishman and Cornish Guardian, along with our sister titles the Western Morning News and Plymouth Herald, want the politicians to go one step further, and to commit to creating a second line into the Duchy to provide resilience in extreme weather.

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