Cornwall main line rail services resume after storms

FGW train
Image caption An empty train travelling at 30mph tested main line on Sunday morning after an aerial survey revealed "multiple" fallen trees and some flooding

Services have resumed on the main railway line in Cornwall, First Great Western (FGW) has confirmed.

The line between Plymouth and west Cornwall has been closed since Friday when several parts of the track were flooded or damaged by fallen trees in stormy weather.

Many branch lines were also affected, but most reopened on Saturday.

Bus replacements will continue between St Erth and Penzance until damage at Penzance station has been repaired.

Storms on Wednesday damaged signals and the station platform.

Debris removed

FGW spokeswoman Jane Jones said the company had been able to resume normal services after a slow-moving empty train tested the full route from Plymouth.

An aerial survey on Saturday by Network Rail revealed "multiple" felled trees on the line which had to be removed.

"Yesterday Network Rail had a helicopter that flew across the whole route identifying where there was debris on the line," she told BBC News.

"Throughout the day and overnight we've removed all the trees and all the debris."

Ms Jones said the only line that remained closed in Cornwall because of flooding was the Looe Valley branch line.

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