Good Rail News Shocker! Flood-Hit Dawlish Line to Re-Open Ahead of Schedule

By Gerald Lynch on at

It's been a rough start to the year if you live in the South West of England, with terrible weather and flooding offering little to smile about.

But every cloud has a silver lining, and so hats off to the engineers working on the Dawlish line in Devon. In an occurrence as rare as spotting a shooting star, it's to re-open on April 4th, a fortnight ahead of schedule after a dramatic sea wall breach on February 4th knocked it out of commission. Cornwall, Plymouth and much of the west of England has been cut off by rail thanks to the closure so far.

"Transport links to Devon are crucial for our visitor economy and having the line open by Easter will be a huge boost to consumer confidence, helping to kick-start tourism in the region," said Carolyn Custerson, chairman of Visit Devon and chief executive of English Riviera.

Equally rare for this time of year is the news that temperatures in the region will hit close to 17C this weekend, with the local tourist board hoping it also will lure some much-needed visitors to the area. [Yahoo]