THE Leader of North Devon Council has received a response to a letter, which asks for action to be taken at a flood risk railway line into the district.
It follows severe flooding at Cowley Bridge near Exeter in November and December 2012, where the rail track into North Devon was closed for 11 days.
In July, Councillor Brian Greenslade signed a joint letter with other council leaders and business leaders, asking for Network Rail and the Environment Agency to explain what action was being taken. Both have since responded.
Network Rail says it is proposing a long-term intervention plan to address concerns, with some work already starting, by installing raised signalling equipment.
Meanwhile, the Environment Agency has also responded to explain how it will be working and supporting Network Rail in improving railway resilience and flood warning across the area.
Councillor Greenslade said: "I am glad to see from the replies that the Environment Agency and Network Rail are moving forward on this vital transport link issue.
"However, as we will soon reach the wetter, stormy part of the year, I would urge the relevant agencies to make all possible speed to try to avoid the rail disruption we saw last year.
"The Barnstaple to Exeter line is very well used by people from North Devon and if Cowley Bridge is disrupted by flooding, it affects our service and interrupts services from Tiverton Parkway as well."
In its response, the Environment Agency also highlighted how an Environment Agency/Network Rail Strategic Working Group is being established to look at flooding and railway related issues across the region. The first meeting of this group was due to take place on Tuesday this week.