Fallen trees and deep water leave West stranded as transport links shut down

Profile image for Western Morning News

By Western Morning News | Monday, November 26, 2012, 06:30

Motorists and rail travellers in the Westcountry have been thrown into chaos as roads and railways remain under feet of water.

Police closed dozens of major and minor routes to traffic, leaving some of the worst-hit communities virtually isolated and large parts of Devon and Cornwall cut off completely.

First Great Western lifted restrictions on tickets after services out of Exeter and Plymouth were cancelled, leaving thousands to resort to replacement buses.

The M5 motorway junctions 25 and 26 were closed after flooding and the A30 into Honiton was also blocked.

As darkness fell last night there were reports a tree had toppled across the A38 near Landrake, severing a main westward artery.

Drivers were unable to go east or west out of Exeter after the A377 road to Crediton was deemed impassable and the main A376 Exmouth road also closed.

South of the Tamar, the A39 at Perranworthal was closed, as was the A3071 out to St Just.

Motoring group the AA reported its busiest ever period for flood-related call-outs, as motorists took their chances on perilous roads.

Devon and Cornwall police said officers had dealt with "numerous" reports of people stuck in their cars in the flood water.

The force reported "significant disruption" to the road network affecting both local and main roads and warned drivers to beware as another night of rain was forecast.

Supt Sarah Sharpe said: "The roads remain a risk in many areas due to surface water and flooding, abandoned vehicles, debris and fallen tree branches.

"We are expecting more rain in the next ten to 12 hours and our message to people is to stay indoors, stay safe and be cautious.

The AA said it had attended more than 5,000 breakdowns nationally by 1pm yesterday – including 402 cars driven through or stuck in flood water. Breakdowns were being reported at a rate of more than 1,100 every hour and by midnight the organisation expected to have attended around 12,000 for the day, compared with around 8,500 on an average Sunday, and eclipsing Wednesday's previous record.

First Great Western told passengers to stay at home if possible and said tickets from Saturday and Sunday would remain valid today where journeys had been hit.

Spokesman James Davis said Network Rail was working to clear waterlogged tracks into Tiverton and Liskeard.

"Water has flooded the lines and the clear instruction from Network Rail is it is not safe to drive a train through," he added.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue had received more than 50 calls by 5pm yesterday.



max 4000 characters

Latest Stories in Exmouth


Local Vouchers


    Bradleys Estate Agents Ltd

    If you are thinking of selling or letting a property and would like a guide as to the value then simply visit our website www.bradleys-estate-agents.co.uk and click on the free online valuation button

    Terms: This is not a formal valuation and only provides an approximate value. If you require an accurate valuation then please contact us via the website or call 03330 146140

    Contact: 01395 224800

    Valid until: Friday, October 31 2014

  • FREE TREATMENT & BLOW-DRY! With any colour serivce

    Viva Hair

    Free Moroccan Oil Conditioning treatment and Blow-dry with any colour service!

    Terms: Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Only vaild Tuesday - Friday, cannot be used on Saturdays. Must print off voucher.

    Contact: 01392349350

    Valid until: Friday, December 12 2014

  • Let us clean your home!

    Clean Sweep SW Ltd

    Established for 8 years, we specialise in professional domestic cleaning, and work closely with our clients to make their lives easier. Call Clean Sweep on 01392 832969 for more details.

    Contact: 01392346660

    Valid until: Friday, October 31 2014


Local Jobs


Search for...

Min price is bigger than Max price
Min price is bigger than Max price
Min rent is bigger than Max rent