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Storms batter the UKArmy engineers could be mobilised to restore train services after Cornwall’s rail link to the rest of the country was swept into the sea.

The Transport Secretary has offered rail chiefs the help of the Armed Forces after a 30-yard stretch of the London-to-Penzance railway collapsed and washed away at Dawlish in Devon during heavy seas.

Network Rail said it could up to six weeks to repair the line.

David Cameron yesterday promised to do “whatever is required” to held flood-hit areas, and this morning Downing Street said Ministry of Defence was on standby to help.

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