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UPDATED: Flooding causes road and Paignton rail problems

By HECAbbott  |  Posted: December 21, 2013

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FLOODING has caused dangerous driving conditions and affected rail services between Paignton and Newton Abbot today, following heavy rain on Friday night.

The train line was completely suspended and a replacement bus service began operating between the two locations on Saturday morning.

A spokesman for First Great Western said water levels had risen over the top of the line going up from Paignton, meaning trains could get down but not up again.

She said: “Network Rail had another look at around 1pm to see if the flooding had subsided enough to run trains, and also check for damage.

“A train has been run down the line to test it, and we will start to run services again by 3pm.

“However, there will be speed restrictions so for the rest of the day, there will not be a normal timetable.”

A police spokesman said ‘extreme amounts of surface water’ on the region’s roads were believed to have been the cause of a number of accidents in the early hours of Saturday morning.

At 8.15am, a Volkswagen Golf overturned onto its side on the Plymouth-bound carriageway of the A38 at Buckfastleigh.

The driver, a man in his early 30s, was not injured. His breath test was negative.

The road was partially closed while the vehicle was recovered, and fully open again by 9am.

The police spokesman said: “It was like a river on the road. People need to take extra care when driving in these conditions.”

The Met Office has warned Devon to prepare for the possibility of more flooding in the run up to Christmas, as heavy rain on Monday and Tuesday falls on already saturated ground.

Winds of up to 70mph are expected to hit the southern coast on those days, and up to 30mm of rain have been forecast for the region.

There is a risk of localised flooding and possible disruption to transport.

The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for the River Dart from Buckfastleigh to Totnes, including Staverton.

The showers are expected to die down from midday on Christmas Eve.

A spokesman for the Met Office said there is a chance that snow will fall on Christmas Day, however due to the heavy rain that is expected to fall in the build up to Christmas, the chances of snow settling are slim.

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