Rail line re­pairs start soon

Herald Express - - News -

RE­PAIRS to pro­tect the vul­ner­a­ble coastal rail­way line at Dawlish will be­gin next month.

Re­pairs to four break­wa­ters, which pro­tect the coast from the force of waves in a project ex­pected to take six months. World lead­ing en­gi­neers in coastal, tun­nel, cliff and rail­way en­gi­neer­ing will carry out the work.

Net­work Rail says that pro­tect­ing the route through Dawlish is a na­tional pri­or­ity and these im­me­di­ate short-term im­prove­ments will be made while it con­tin­ues with the £15m de­tailed de­vel­op­ment of longer term op­tions for gov­ern­ment to con­sider.

The break­wa­ters that re­quire re­pair are at Boat Cove, Coast­guards Point, Colon­nade Un­der­pass and Lang­stone Rock.

Along with the break­wa­ter re­pairs by BAM Nut­tall, Ar­cadis, an­other lead­ing en­gi­neer­ing com­pany, will con­tinue to in­ves­ti­gate whether loose ma­te­rial from the top of the cliff above Par­sons Tun­nel at Hol­combe could be re­moved to sta­bilise the cliff and re­duce the risk of land slips in the short-term.

Net­work Rail has now es­tab­lished a ded­i­cated South West Rail Re­silience Pro­gramme to find ways to pro­tect the iconic rail­way line. In 2014 the line was closed for eight weeks af­ter ex­treme weather washed away the sea­wall.

Mike Gal­lop of Net­work Rail said: “This sec­tion of the rail­way is vi­tal for many res­i­dents and com­mu­ni­ties in Devon and Corn­wall and we are com­mit­ted to safe­guard­ing it for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

Com­mu­nity drop-in events will be held on No­vem­ber 7 at Teign­mouth Li­brary from 4pm to 7pm and on No­vem­ber 15 at Hol­combe Vil­lage Hall from 4pm to 7pm.

Tak­ing the first steps along the re­built A379

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