The newly improved forecourt at Exeter Central station was officially opened today after a £660,000 enhancement project.
The scheme was joint funded through Devon County Council’s successful bid to the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund to improve access to stations, as well as £185,000 from Exeter City Council and a further £160,000 from Network Rail.
A photo which allegedly shows a family cycling on the rail line between Exeter and Dawlish has led to warnings against using the line from British Transport Police and Network Rail.
The photograph appeared on social media apparently showing a family of cyclists using the tracks in the Powderham area while work continues by Network Rail to repair damage caused by severe weather earlier this month.
Work on to re-open the railway line could be completed earlier than expected, according to Network Rail.
The work to repair the area of track destroyed during the recent heavy storms was initially expected to be completed by mid-March but was pushed back to mid-April after further storm damage frustrated repairs.
However the Rail Minister, Steve Hammond, said the rail company had given a “commitment” that “if they can beat that target they will.”
He continued: "Network Rail had a good weekend last weekend and they have had some 20-hour days."