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Network Rail reveals alternative South Devon rail route

By Mid Devon Gazette  |  Posted: February 10, 2014

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NETWORK Rail today revealed its choice of an alternative to the storm-battered railway line at Dawlish - and it bypasses South Devon altogether.

The route would go from Okehampton to Plymouth via Tavistock, and go through parts of the Dartmoor National Park.

However, Network Rail qualifies its choice by saying it would cost hundreds of millions of pounds to build, and is on land it does not currently own.

Network Rail has been considering an inland route as a back-up to the Dawlish line, which was badly damaged by storms last week.

Three options have been discussed locally over the years, but Network Rail is only considering one, according to the BBC.

Of the three options, two are in south Devon including a Teign Valley route via Christow and Heathfield, and one passing inland behind Teignmouth and Dawlish.

However, Network Rail is only considering the Okehampton-Tavistock-Plymouth route as a likely candidate.

No trains are currently running between Exeter St Davids and Newton Abbot because of the damage to the track at Dawlish.

The line between Exeter St Davids and Newton Abbot is not expected to reopen until mid April at the earliest and in the meantime buses are replacing trains.

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