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Dec. 22 (Bloomberg) -- London Heathrow airport’s main rail link to the U.K. capital is operating normally, even as flooding on lines in the southwest of England has left train operators advising customers not to travel.

Heathrow Express trains, which depart for Europe’s busiest airport every 15 minutes, are running after shutting yesterday because of equipment damage, Marianna Panizza, a spokeswoman for Heathrow Airport, said by telephone. The slower Heathrow Connect services are also functioning, according to the train operator’s website.

Heavy rain has left tracks between Taunton and Plymouth flooded, meaning no trains can run between the two stations, James Davies, a spokesman for train operator First Great Western, said by phone.

While replacement bus services between the two stations are in operation, they are likely to be busy, Davies said. Given the possibility of further disruption to road links, First Great Western is advising passengers not to travel. Passengers can use tickets for travel today on services tomorrow, he said.

Arriva Trains Wales is also advising customers not to travel where possible, the company said on Twitter.

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