THE railway line between Exeter and Plymouth is set to become more according to Network Rail.

A series of improvements are due to be made to six separate sections on the line, starting with more than two weeks of intensive work at the Marley Tunnel, Dawlish sea cliff and Plymouth station in January.

Altogether, half a mile of new railway track, 1,500 sleepers, 3,000 tonnes of ballast, more than a mile of new drainage pipes, five sets of points and 15,000 square metres of cliff nets will be installed.

Dave Ward, route director for Network Rail said: “These improvements will bring tremendous benefits for Devon passengers, delivering a more reliable railway for many years to come.

“It will also reduce the need for intrusive maintenance and the track works should provide passengers with a much smoother ride.

“For the last 18 months, we have been working extremely closely with train operators to find ways to deliver these improvements without having to cause major inconvenience to passengers.

“We will be working on a single line during weekdays and work mostly on Sundays, so that majority of the peak services can continue to run.

“Our engineers will also be working non-stop throughout the night to avoid causing disruption to services during the day.”