RAIL passengers in Newton Abbot are being advise to travel early ahead of potential flooding on the line. 

Great Western Railway has issued a travel warning as more rain is spreading across Teignbridge and the south west. 

A spokesman said: ‘Due to heavy rainfall forecast on already flooded ground, Great Western Railway is advising people against starting their journey by rail. 

‘Those who have already travelled should consider making the return journey as soon as possible. 

‘With further flood warnings in place and the amount of rain forecast, Network Rail has identified key sites in Wiltshire, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall as being at risk of flooding from around 1500. 

‘Trains may not be able to operate through these areas. 

‘The direct route between Swindon and Bristol Parkway remains closed due to flooding.’

Other locations at risk including between Newton Abbot and Plymouth. 

Swindon and Bristol Temple Meads, Exeter and Tiverton, Bristol Temple Meads and Western-super-Mare and Taunton and Westbury may also be disrupted.

Services between London Paddington and Swindon will continue to operate but may be affected by flooding elsewhere. 

Customers with tickets for trains later today can use their ticket on earlier services.