Close inspection of a landslip site near Crewkerne, on the railway between Yeovil and Exeter, has revealed that it is safe to run trains at a reduced speed. This has allowed a limited service to begin between Exeter and Waterloo this Sunday afternoon, with the first train departing Exeter at 12.25. Work is progressing to get diverted trains from the Westbury/Paddington line moving over the Yeovil route as soon as possible.
The routes from Bridgwater and Castle Cary are still under water caused by the flooded River Parrett and are being monitored by Network Rail engineers, so no trains scheduled to arrive/depart Taunton for some time, rail travellers are still having to take to the Buses.
Meanwhile, work to protect the damaged sea wall site in Dawlish from the sea is going well in between high tides. A row of shipping containers is being put in place and filled with rubble to provide a breakwater, while concrete spraying has continued, in order to protect the vulnerable sub-soil.
For information on travel times and up-to-the-minute disruption check with your operator or at www.nationalrail.co.uk