DELAYED travellers have been left frustrated that three major routes out of North Devon have been closed at the same time over the last month.
Over September and October, the A361 was closed for ten nights, and a stretch of the A377 has been closed for almost seven weeks.
And now train passengers have also been hit with delays.
The Tarka Line between Barnstaple and Crediton has been closed over the last week, and will remain closed until Sunday for essential rail repairs.
Although a replacement bus service is running, the A377, which is the alternative route to Exeter, still remains closed.
The diversion in place has added almost an hour to the time the journey takes by train.
And many people who commute to Exeter are frustrated at facing a four-hour round trip.
Claire Gulliver lives in Barnstaple and works in Exeter.
Speaking on Facebook, she said: “Given that it will take two hours each way, I’ve reluctantly taken the expensive decision to go via Tiverton and booked into a bed and breakfast in Exeter for a couple of nights.
“I’m not happy about it, but spending four hours travelling every day and hardly getting any sleep or life is just untenable.”
Andrew Green, 16, gets the train to Exeter College every day.
He said: “It’s annoying, it’s added an extra hour to the journey. Some people have been coming in late to classes because of it.”
A spokesperson for Network Rail said they were relaying six miles of track and improving drainage.
“These works aim to upgrade the rail infrastructure by replacing old tracks with new continuously welded ones, to significantly boost performance and reliability of rail services.”
Chairman of the Tarka Rail Association John Burch said: “These rail works have been planned for almost a year and we have been campaigning for them to happen for a long time.
“We only found out that the A377 would be closing a week before it happened, and we tried to convince Highways to move the works forward, so they wouldn’t overlap, but they wouldn’t budge. The county council knew about these works months in advance so I think it’s appalling, the lack of correspondence is just ridiculous.”
Devon County Council were not available to comment.
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