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Network Rail South West flooding compensation cost revealed

By Chris Ellis

Courtesy: BBC News Online, South West 

taxisnewRailway line flooding – described as the worst in a decade – on the south-west of England’s rail network has resulted in about £12.5m in compensation being paid.

The payments, from Network Rail, were made to train and freight operators because services could not run due to the damage caused to the lines.

The mainline near Exeter was closed for 11 days in November and December.

Network Rail said the amount reflected the “significant disruption” caused.

“It’s a significant amount of money and one that’s been unprecedented in the last 10 years in the South West,” said Mike Gallop, Network Rail’s director of route asset management in the West.

“It’s a significant amount of money and one that’s been unprecedented in the last 10 years in the South West,” said Mike Gallop, Network Rail’s director of route asset management in the West.

As well as the mainline at Cowley Bridge, near Exeter, being affected by floods, many of the region’s branch lines – including those extending to Looe and Newquay in Cornwall, and Barnstaple and Exmouth in Devon – were also damaged.

Mr Gallop said: “The Barnstaple branch line suffered significant problems with washouts of track.

“It took much longer to get back into service than the mainline between Exeter and Bristol.

“We also suffered severe flooding on the Looe branch line.”

He said there were still problems with the stability of the cliffs in Teignmouth, in south Devon, which were being addressed.

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