Tarka Line remains closed pending inspection
The Tarka Line - which connects Exeter to Barnstaple, via Crediton - remains closed following bad weather and flooding, which may have affected the foundations of the track. Network Rail reports that train services are cancelled and that a replacement bus service is running instead.
An inspection by helicopter took place on Thursday this week and will be followed up by a walk-through along the track.
Peter Craske, spokesman for the Tarka Rail Association, told ThisIsDevon "The lines will be inspected by Network Rail tomorrow [Sunday 30 December]" and explained that there have been issues with ballast being washed out from beneath the tracks.
Commenting on the operator of the line, he said "First Great Western are doing a good job of keeping people informed via their website" and emphasised that "We haven't seen disruption like this in living memory."
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The Tarka Line is named after Tarka the Otter, from the book by Henry Williamson.