TRAINS will not run through Axminster – the closest rail station to Lyme Regis – for nine days during September.
No trains will run between Exeter and Crewkerne between September 15 and September 24, while works are carried out to reduce future flooding in the Axminster area.
During the weekends of September 15 and 16 and 22 and 23, normal train services will run between London Waterloo and Crewkerne and rail replacement buses between Crewkerne and Exeter St Davids.
Replacement bus services between Crewkerne and Exeter will also be in place during the week, but the morning and evening peak services between Exeter and Axminster will not run.
There will also be speed restrictions on the line for two weeks following the flood defence works, meaning trains will not stop at either Templecombe or Whimple to keep up with scheduled timetables. These stations will be serviced by replacement bus services.
Network Rail started work on its £9.5million flood defence scheme between Exeter and Salisbury earlier this year.
Two 550-tonne underground bridge structures made of culvert sections (hollow concrete rectangular structures) will be installed underneath the railway line at Axe Valley on sites at Axe Farm and Broom Lane.
The installation of these structures will reduce the likelihood of flooding from a one in five year risk, to a one in twenty year risk, based on Network Rail’s flood risk modelling.
The line between Axminster and Crewkerne has been prone to flooding in recent years, causing significant delays and disruption to passengers.
Rebecca Wells, project manager for Network Rail, said: “Flooding can be devastating for local communities and it’s crucial we do all we can to protect the railway and keep the train service moving.
“This £9.5 million investment, part of our Railway Upgrade Plan, will significantly reduce the risk of the line flooding in the Axe Valley, benefiting passengers and the local community for many years to come.”
The flood defence scheme is due to be completed in December this year.
To check all train times and replacement bus services, visit www.nationalrail.co.uk