What’s the damage? Ask Devon highways bosses

11:31 18 January 2013

Devon County Council is launching a campaign to repair the region

Devon County Council is launching a campaign to repair the region's road and rail network.


AN urgent report into the economic effects of last year’s severe storms on Devon’s transport network has been ordered by Devon County Council leader John Hart.

He says it will provide hard evidence so the authority can launch a concerted campaign for urgent Government action to repair the battered rail and road network.

“I want to know the economic cost of the damage to our railways and roads,” said Cllr Hart.

“We can’t have our trains not running on a regular basis. We can then call on our MPs to back us in winning national support to put this right.

“This has been unprecedented in my view. I do not remember flooding as bad as this in my lifetime in terms of volume and regularity and the problems it has caused.”

Mr Hart said county council leaders would be meeting Devon’s MPs within the next few weeks and the impact the storms have had on the county’s infrastructure would be top of the agenda.

Devon’s cabinet member for transport, Cllr Stuart Hughes, said the report would give the authority the hard evidence it needed to make its case.


Other News Stories

AA Awards

Recognition from industry’s ‘Oscars’ helps put county on the map

Read more
Bill Beaumont presents a Legacy Gold Standard award to Lester Wilmington, chairman of Sidmouth Rugby Club. Ref shs 0765-40-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Work at grass-roots level has scored Sidmouth Rugby Club a national gold award and recognition from one of the sport’s legends.

Read more
Robin Waller, who has died aged 73, pictured receiving his honorary membership of Exmouth Carnival, with granddaughter Cassara.

‘Carnivalites’ from across the East Devon circuit have remembered a former Sidmouth Carnival organiser with a heart of gold, who has died at the age of 73.

Read more
Wendy Taylor at Sidmouth Market

Business owners at Sidmouth’s well-used market building have questioned the ‘bizarre’ comments of a town councillor – who is calling for its demolition.

Read more
Exeter's Fanzone, in Northenhay Gardens

Sports fans can still enjoy watching the rest of the Rugby World Cup at Exeter’s Fanzone, despite England’s early exit from the tournament.

Read more
Slade Close residents Raymond and Evyln Hearn who miss having a regular town bus service Ref sho 7140-06-15SH. Photo Simon Horn

Fearful shoppers and businesses say plans to extend Ottery’s town bus service cannot come quick enough - as traders and residents suffer its loss.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:09
Derelict Ottermill Switchgear building in flames on Saturday

Crews fought the flames in the early hours of Saturday morning

Read more
Sidmouth, Port Royal. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shs 0934-03-12AW

Anger at plans to redevelop a car park for social housing is a ‘battle’ that risks distracting residents from the ‘war’ over eastern town, a representative has warned.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:25
Plans for King Alfred Way

Concerns about affordable housing, flooding and the environmental impact are all addressed in revisions to a major application for Newton Poppleford.

Read more
Sunday, October 4, 2015
Comedian Daniel FitzHenry will be compering a night at The Marine.

A comedian thinks the crowd at a forthcoming event will be in ‘Fitz of Giggles’ thanks to a stellar line-up he has brought together for his paralysed friend.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 11°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Find a job in Sidmouth

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications