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[英伦广角] 2014-02-15 洪水切断英格兰多数铁路

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本帖最后由 rachel1908 于 2014-2-16 16:05 编辑

Repairing the damage to the rail network in the South West of England could run into the spring. Huge containers filled with concrete and rocks at the broken track at Dawlish and Devon are little more than a temperate patch-up. Empty tracks for miles and miles meansthat no one is going anywhere fast.

It’s typically takes two, two and three quarters, around three hours, it’s probably safe to say about five hours.

I’m gonna go bus to Bristol  Parkway, train to E*, and change again to go for London.

How long do you think that will take?

No idea, no idea.

At Exeter where thousands connect each day, buses are the new trains and they are moving thousands of passengers. It means hours are added to daily journeys. Hugh Blackstaffe travels regularly between the South West and London, a journey made more difficult now.

With the weather being wildly this bad, it’s just gonna continue to be a huge problem...

So what would you do if you, ‘cause you need to do this journey regularly, what are you gonna do?

I’m just gonna have to go and bear it. I’ll just suck it up and deal with whatever frozen, hopefully, I’ll get down there eventually even it means one in the morning. I mean it’s important.

Any passengers wanting to head south of here will have to get on a bus like this or do it under their own steam. Anyone who wants to go off to London will have to get on-board and divert to Bristol. This will become a way of life for thousands of commuters for the foreseeable future at least.

Network Rail said they are doing all they can to fix the broken tracks to get the trains running again, but admitted that more storms may bring more miseries.

It’s not just the flooding. It’s the grand water, the water table, not just where you see floods, but Hampshire, Sussex, Surrey all away round through Kent and elsewhere . It’s the highest it’s ever been for some time. So a lot of our embankments,a lot of our track is very heavily waterlogged at the moment.

The bad weather has put lives on hold for those in the eye of this storm

,but it’s the facts are being felt far and wide now, as transport links here fill the stream.

Nick Martin, Sky News.
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