Warning to Torquay cliff path walkers as landslips continue to cause havoc
A TORQUAY cliff is in immediate danger of a large landslip after seeing a mudslide on New Year's Day.
Coastguards have backed up Torbay Council's warning that the cliff at Oddicombe beach could go tumbling down at any time.
The stark warning comes after a small mudslide took place at the bottom of the cliffs.
A coastguard spokesman said a team was called out to the beach at midday to investigate the fall.
The spokesman said: "We are keeping a close eye on the beach. It remains very unstable. We expect the cliff to go down any time.
"We have informed the council as it is their land and they will monitor it."
Only three weeks ago large chunks of the cliff face at Oddicombe tumbled down following weeks of rain.
The Council's own geologists had already warned that a 'major landslide was imminent'.
Three years ago a large part of the cliff crashed into the sea in a major land fall.
The heavy rain has been causing landslips and problems South Devon.
In Torquay, Perinville Road was closed for more than a week after a large cavity appeared in the street on Christmas Eve.
The 6ft deep by 3ft wide void was reported to Torbay Council and was cordoned off while it is investigated.
As well as roads, train services were disrupted in some parts of South Devon.
The rail track at Parson's Tunnel, Teignmouth, was reopened after another landslide which disrupted the route over the festive period.
A restricted speed service was arranged while the incident was dealt with.
"The landslip was tidied up over Christmas and the line is back to normal there now," said a spokesman from Network Rail.
In an attempt to help train services run smoothly, rail replacement coaches were arranged but journeys were still longer than scheduled.
Nicola Barr, who travelled from Newton Abbot to London by train on Thursday, December 27, said: "It was chaos."
Her two-and-a-half hour train trip took more than double that.
Passengers had to get off the train to catch a replacement bus between Exeter and Taunton, which took an hour.
She said: "The coach staff were helpful and the staff at Taunton were nice but very busy and didn't have much information.
We kept being told our train was delayed but it took half-an-hour before they could tell us when it would arrive.
When the train did arrive it was chaos. There were lots of people standing."