Rail campaigners call for improvements after Cowley Bridge flooding disruption

RAIL campaign group Railfuture has spoken out following last year's floods which shut the main line at Cowley Bridge, near Tiverton.

Railfuture's Devon and Cornwall branch has written a report "The November 2012 Railway Flooding In Devon", offering a raft of solutions and observations about how to avoid a repeat of the disruption, which saw the line closed for a week over one of the busiest travelling periods of the year.

Gerard Duddridge from the group said: "We produced this report because there was a major hole in the mainline railway.

"It's a major trunk route which is vulnerable to disruption, and as I live near Cowley Bridge junction, it's clear to me that the problems lie in the culverts, which don't have enough capacity and need enlarging."

The report also deals with the December flooding, which was largely a repeat of the November incident.

"This report pulls together local rail and river knowledge," added Gerard.

"We've been able to identify river conditions that give advance warning of flooding, meaning that the railway doesn't have to be taken by surprise."

The report can be downloaded at www.railfuture.org.uk

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11:50am Sun 3 Mar 13

Farmerzboy says...

Correction! Cowley Bridge is on the outskirts of the city of Exeter, and is some 15 miles distance from Tiverton town. Your article is clearly poorly researched to have contained an error of location in this magnitude! There has been a frequent problem of river exe flood water causing damage to the railway line at the Cowley Bridge location for several decades - I can recall line closures at this point as far back as the 1960s - why hasn't something been done about the problem in the past 50+ years ?
Correction! Cowley Bridge is on the outskirts of the city of Exeter, and is some 15 miles distance from Tiverton town. Your article is clearly poorly researched to have contained an error of location in this magnitude! There has been a frequent problem of river exe flood water causing damage to the railway line at the Cowley Bridge location for several decades - I can recall line closures at this point as far back as the 1960s - why hasn't something been done about the problem in the past 50+ years ? Farmerzboy
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