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Cornwall's main rail link to close in stormy weather

Cornwall's main rail link to close in stormy weather

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 3:03pm 8th November 2018. (Updated at 5:47pm 8th November 2018)

Cornwall's main rail link is set to close for the second time in as many days because of the bad weather.

Services on both CrossCountry and Great Western Railway have been suspended at Dawlish because of high tides and strong winds.

Officials say the line will be closed between 4.30pm and 9.30pm due to forecasted poor weather.

It comes a new storm warning has been issued for Cornwall.

Forecasters now believe the worst of the weather will hit later on Friday, with the yellow alert out between 1pm and midnight.

We are being warned to expect huge waves on the coasts and the risk of possible flooding.

"Owing to forecast heavy storms that can cause waves to over-top the exposed sea wall at Dawlish, CrossCountry services will not operate between Newton Abbot and Exeter St Davids between approximately 1630 and 2130 on Thursday 8th November.

"This will affect West of England services, including those to and from Paignton, Plymouth and Penzance."

"Customers planning to travel are advised to check carefully using Journey Check or National Rail Enquiries to see if their journey may be affected."


Alternative Travel Arrangements

A timetable showing both the amended CrossCountry services and alternative Great Western Railway services can be found here. Great Western Railway will accept CrossCountry customers on their services at no extra charge.

Restrictions have been removed today on CrossCountry Advance tickets for journeys to and from stations west of Exeter.

Travelling on Friday 9th November?

We currently expect that CrossCountry services may not be able to operate between Newton Abbot and Exeter St Davids late tomorrow afternoon and evening. Once we have more information, we will update this page with advice, including alternative travel arrangements.


Customers who travel today and are subsequently delayed by 30 minutes or more may be entitled to Delay Repay compensation. Alternatively, customers who do not travel and do not use their tickets due to the disruption, can apply for a full refund for their unused tickets from their point of purchase, without an administration charge.

If you have any questions about how your journey may be affected, you can also tweet us @CrossCountryUK or message us via Facebook Messenger, where we are available 24 hours a day.

A replacement bus service is running on Great Western Railway between Newton Abbot and Exeter St Davids due to adverse weather conditions.

Long distance trains to and from London Paddington will be running and will make additional stops at stations where possible. From 5.30pm on 8th November.

"A band of heavy rain is expected to move east during Friday with widely 15-25 mm of rain falling and perhaps 50mm over higher ground.

"This will be in addition to other spells of heavy rain earlier in the week affecting a similar area.

"Rain will be accompanied by strong winds with gusts of 50mph possible inland and perhaps 60mph around some coasts".

Met Office

"Service suspended on CrossCountry and Great Western Railway between Exeter St Davids and Newton Abbot due to high tides and high winds at Dawlish.

"From 4.30pm to 9.30pm the line will be closed due to forecasted poor weather on 8th November."

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