The Secretary of State for Transport has issued a statement to Parliament today on the options for improving the resiliance of rail services west of Exeter. No decision is due until the autumn. Follow the link for the Minister's statement and a further link to the Network Rail study.
Link to Minister's statement here
The options examined are:
Option 1 Base Case
Option 2 Strengthening the existing railway
Option 3 Alternative Route A - the former London & South Western Railway route from Exeter to Plymouth via Okehampton
Option 4 Alternative Route B - constructing a modern double track railway on the alignment of the former Teign Valley branch line from Exeter to Newton Abbot
Option 5 Alternative Route C (C1 – C5) - five alternative direct routes would provide a new line between Exeter and Newton Abbot