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Rail passengers face disruption after tunnel repair announced

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: January 13, 2014

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Rail passengers face potential disruption to their journey this week after Network Rail announced the closure of the line between Tiverton and Taunton – for repair work on Whiteball tunnel.

The line will be closed from January 18 to February 10 and trains will be replaced by bus services between the stations.

Around three miles of track will be renewed and seven units of switches and crossings re-laid separately at Taunton and Tiverton to enable trains to travel at a higher speed of 80mph.

Mike Gallop, Network Rail’s director of asset management on the Western route, said the work was “essential” and train services to Devon and Cornwall will be diverted via Honiton and journey times extended by up to an hour.

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  • towerofbabble  |  January 13 2014, 10:36AM

    Having booked tickets for the period recently, it would seem that some through trains are being diverted via Honiton while for others there are bus-replacement services between Taunton and Exeter.

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  • superstar999  |  January 13 2014, 9:45AM

    this was announced when the new timetable was published last november so people have had plenty of warning

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