Network Rail has estimated that it will take six weeks to repair the damaged sea wall and ground collapse below the rail line at Dawlish in Devon.
More than 20 residents have been evacuated after today’s severe storms washed away the seafront rail line and part of the road in front of a number of houses. A major incident has been declared by Devon police.
Further inspections are planned tomorrow but Network Rail has warned that further storms forecast to hit the coast over the weekend may result in further damage.
First great Western is terminating its services at Exeter and buses will replace train services between Exeter and Newton Abbot.