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Flood-hit Tarka Line is back to normal

By Mid Devon Gazette  |  Posted: January 08, 2013

Flooding on the Tarka Line between Bishops Tawton and Umberleigh in November

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TRAIN services between Barnstaple and Exeter St. David's resumed yesterday morning following a five-week line closure.

Services on the Tarka Line were stopped in December due to heavy rain which caused flooding along several sections of the track.

Last week, the line reopened between Exeter St David's and Crediton after engineering work was carried out at Cowley Bridge to clear severe flooding.

However, the line between Crediton and Barnstaple remained closed while specialist divers inspected a number of bridges on the line.

The last two bridges to be inspected, the Umberleigh River Viaduct and the Black Viaduct at Great Fisherton Farm, were checked over the weekend and deemed safe.

Chris Denham, of Network Rail, said: "The best way to check the bridges is to use divers so they can get down under the water and see if the flooding or debris has caused any damage to the foundations of the bridge's piers.

"We do apologise for any disruption that people have endured on the Tarka Line."

Normal service has now resumed on the Tarka line, which runs for 39 miles between Exeter and Barnstaple.

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