Train windscreen smashed in storms

By Ellen Grindley in Transport

HIGH tides and strong onshore winds this week disrupted train services through Dawlish.

Waves overtopping the sea wall at Dawlish were to blame for the hold-ups.

Trains used by Cross Country are affected by sea water which meant services could not run when storms and high tides forced the waves up onto the track.

Great Western Trains advised some services were delayed due to the severe weather forecast and sea spray conditions.

But the company was hoping trains would be able to run to schedule.

Yesterday, the 17.03 Paddington to Plymouth service terminated at Newton Abbot after it is understood the train’s windscreen smashed, thought to have been caused by rocks thrown up as waves crashed over the sea wall.

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