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Questions Over Cornish Rail Link

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 11:17am 25th February 2014 (Updated 3:32pm 25th February 2014)

There are calls for answers over Cornwall's rail misery.

MPs are questioning train bosses and business bosses after floods shut stretches of track.

There is still no direct link to London and it is claimed to be costing the southwest twenty million pounds a day.

Mavis Cheung from Network Rail says they are working as quickly as they can: "We have a period of 3 - 20 hours when we can work depending on the weather. If the weather is good we will squeeze in as much work as we can into that 20 hour period but when we're affected by high tides and high winds the maximum hours we can do is three hours so if the weather is on our side we should be able to do a lot more.

"People would like to see the rail link connected as quickly as possible and we share their aspiration. We are working really, really hard and tirelessly. In fact we have around 200 engineers working but unfortunately we are at the mercy of the weather."

The estimated time for the work to be finished is still mid-April.  Tim Jones from Devon and Cornwall's business council said that is not good enough: "That is too late. We need to make sure that real time information is available. The sooner we start that the better and it's beholden upon Network Rail and the authorities to make sure they give us a day by day account of where they are and when they're going to finish.

"Effectively the run up to Easter starts now and we need to respect the fact that people are going to make holiday decisions. April frankly is just too late."

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