Strong winds and high tide causes travel disruption in South Devon


A combination of strong winds and a high tide is causing travel disruption in South Devon this morning.

Both the Western Lady and Brixham Express ferries across Tor Bay are out of action for the day due to the rough sea conditions.

Waves crashing over the seawall at Dawlish have caused CrossCountry to suspend some of their train services through South Devon.

The large swell has been caused by strong easterly winds.

“Due to a combination of a high tide and forecast strong onshore winds this evening causing waves to overtop the seawall at Dawlish, no CrossCountry trains are able to operate between Exeter St David’s and Plymouth stations from 10am to 11am on Thursday, October 6, according to a spokesperson for CrossCountry.

“Passengers can complete their journeys using alternative Great Western Railway services, on which their CrossCountry tickets will be accepted.”

It is Cross Country’s Voyager class trains that are affected due to the waves swamping the electrical equipment on top to the units.

Great Western Railway trains are still able to run with no disruption.

The easterly winds are forecast to continue throughout Thursday and Friday with showers expected on Friday morning. The highest temperature will be 14C.

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