Dam­age to Dawlish Sea Wall

Rail (UK) - - Network News -

Overnight on March 1/2, Storm Emma punched a hole in fenc­ing on the sea wall at Dawlish.

Net­work Rail said there was no struc­tural dam­age sus­tained, but that 10-15 me­tres of fenc­ing and as­so­ci­ated cop­ing stones were dam­aged. NR in­stalled tem­po­rary fenc­ing to pro­tect the line, which re­opened on March 3.

A sub­stan­tial amount of bal­last was washed away along a 150m length of rail­way, and this was re­placed be­fore the line re­opened.

Dawlish sta­tion was also hit - wooden pan­els and handrails were washed onto the track, and a small sec­tion of plat­form was dam­aged. Wa­ter rose to plat­form height be­fore sub­sid­ing.


The Dawlish sea wall at 0600 on March 1.

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