Rail company outlines plans to make Cowley Bridge less vulnerable to flooding
Representatives of Network Rail will be outlining plans to make the lines at Cowley Bridge in Exeter less vulnerable to flooding today.
A transport conference is being held at the County Hall discussing the measures, which include making changes to culverts and drainage systems, and raising signalling equipment off the ground so that it's not affected by flood water.
Disruptions caused by extreme weather to the region's road and rail network are said to have cost Westcountry businesses £167 million.
A new survey by the South West Chambers of Commerce found that 65% of businesses in the region were affected by road closures and rail services delays and cancellations as a result of snow and flooding over the last few months.
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There will be a public exhibition in Exeter's Guildhall shopping centre this week of plans to reduce the city's flood risk.
Organised by the Environment Agency, Exeter City Council and Devon County Council, the exhibition will be held on Friday, March 22, from 10am to 6pm, and Saturday, March 23, from 10am to noon.
Video: Engineering work at Cowley Bridge. Video by Mike Yearworth.