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Storms force Dawlish railway restoration to be set back until mid-April

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: February 19, 2014

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Network Rail has torn up its six-week plan to repair the Devon and Cornwall mainline – and is now eyeing a mid-April completion.

Track bosses have torn up their six-week plan to repair the Devon and Cornwall mainline – and is now eyeing a mid-April completion.

Following the latest bout of severe storms at the weekend, Network Rail has now said the section of the track will be closed for Easter – another blow for the region's tourism industry.

Patrick Hallgate, route managing director of Network Rail Western, said: "We are all conscious of the importance of this railway to the South West, its economy and the people of Dawlish.

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"They have been tremendous in supporting our team and understanding of the challenges we face. We are confident that we will have the railway back by mid-April and if we can we will beat that date."

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  • andykell  |  February 19 2014, 3:23PM

    terrible that's the other side of nature

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