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Closed track close to reopening

Network Rail said this week that is efforts to reopen the rail line in Newquay, which was closed by flash floods in Cornwall last month, are making good progress.

The track operator said that it may take up to four weeks to repair the damage to the line between Newquay and Par, caused by landslips.

The line was closed after flash floods struck the region on 17 November (News last week).

However, the latest indications are that it may reopen a week sooner.

A landslip at Pontsmill near Par closed the line, and Network Rail said that engineers were working to clear thousands of tonnes of debris and repair the collapsed embankments.

The line was closed after assessments revealed it would be too dangerous to use.

Land on one side of an embankment carrying the line had receded to the edge of the track following 76mm of heavy overnight rain.

The latest estimate, from train operator First Great Western, is that the line will remain closed until 6 December at the earliest.

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