A decision has been made today by Network Rail to close the Railway line between Teignmouth and Dawlish tomorrow morning! In a move that i have never heard of previously, the decision is based on being cautious due to the High Tide and strong winds expected. However, at present the forecast for tomorrow morning is less severe than tonight’s conditions and much less than storm Callum a few weeks ago.
The decision is a curious one when we consider how confidence in the railway’s resilience can now be claimed by those who have made this decision? In my mind it is a very poor decision and undermines so much of the good work previously put in by Network Rail, Team Orange and local commentators such as ourselves in fighting for the reputation of this valuable link. This is purely a decision on Tides and wind direction, nothing to do with the cliffs at Teignmouth and nothing to do with any current weaknesses to the wall itself.
We are told that line inspections will begin at around 9am with services resuming when it is safe to do so.
Passengers in the south west are being advised to check before they travel tomorrow morning with no services running through Dawlish and Teignmouth in Devon owing to expected extreme weather.
Strong winds and high tides mean the line between Exeter and Newton Abbot needs to be closed for safety reasons, with the line expected to be closed all morning.
Once the poor weather passes Network Rail engineers will inspect the railway before opening the line as soon as it is safe to do so.
Mark Langman, Western route managing director for Network Rail, said: “Safety is our priority and owing to expected extreme weather tomorrow no services will be able to run through Dawlish and Teignmouth in the morning.
“Strong winds and high tides are expected and once the poor weather has passed our engineers will inspect the railway and reopen the line once it is safe to do so.
“We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank passengers for their patience.”