THE Prime Minister arrived in Dawlish by train today to mark the reopening of the railway.
David Cameron praised the ‘Herculean’ repair efforts which have cost £35 million to get the line open before the Easter holidays.
The Prime Minister’s arrival was greeted by brass band and hundreds of members of the public and members of the ‘orange army’ of Network Rail engineers who worked round the clock in horrific weather to get the line reopen.
He told the gathered crowds: “Enormous thanks to the people who have carried out the work on this vital route.
“It has been a Herculean effort.
“It has been a huge task and has been carried out not just on time but before time.
“Thank you to the people of Dawlish who have not just been patient, you have been incredibly generous with your time, generous with your community spirit and you really have shown the best of British. Thank you.”
He gave three cheers for the orange army.