Motor-mouth TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson has weighed into the debate over the future of the Teignmouth and Dawlish rail line in typically controversial style.
He said: "Yes, the track is vulnerable. In 2014 it was destroyed by a storm and, while it was being repaired, Cornwall was effectively cut off from the rest of the country.
"But this bit of track, designed and built by Brunel, is extremely pretty and charming and that, in the coming years, is going to matter more than a few Corns being cut off for a week or two."
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