Exe2NA drone investigation work.(Network Rail Images)
- Detailed studies are nearing completion and design of possible solutions set to commence
- Community engagement to start in autumn
These studies will then inform the detailed design of projects to make the railway between Teignmouth and Dawlish resilient to extreme weather. In the autumn, Network Rail will be able to show the local community how the designs will influence our future decisions on how we protect the railway line and coastline.
With funding from Department for Transport, world-leading engineers in coastal, tunnel, cliff and railway engineering have been carrying out detailed ground investigation to understand what is happening to the cliffs and coastline in three key areas around Dawlish and Teignmouth:
- The railway between Parsons Tunnel and Teignmouth where there was a landslip on the cliffs in 2014.
- The sea wall at Dawlish which collapsed in 2014.
- The cliffs between Kennaway and Parsons Tunnels which are unstable
Once this investigation work is completed, Network Rail will analyse the results which will then feed into the detailed options for discussion with the local community, local council and Department for Transport. These discussions will commence in autumn this year, prior to any decisions being formally submitted to government. Community engagement events will be held in the following locations:
- Dawlish Warren
Rail minister Jo Johnson said:
“We are investing in the biggest modernisation of the Great Western Railway since Brunel built it more than one hundred and fifty years ago, giving passengers what they want: faster, more frequent and more comfortable services.
“But it is vital we find a permanent solution to the problems at Dawlish because it is a crucial link for the people and the economy of the South West.
“With funding from government, world-leading engineers have been carrying out detailed ground investigation to understand what is happening to the cliffs and coastline in three key areas around Dawlish and Teignmouth. These comprehensive studies are nearing completion, enabling Network Rail to show later this year how they will take the next steps to protect the railway line and coastline.”
Mike Gallop, director of route asset management for Network Rail said:
“The section of the railway is vital for many residents and communities in Devon and Cornwall; safeguarding it for future generations remains one of our top priorities.
“Some of the world’s best engineers are out on site as we gather as much information on the three key sites we have identified to help us start to work up possible solutions for us to present to the local community, local councils and government.
We are acutely mindful of the need to take into account the views of the local community, the long-term needs of the environment as well as the need to provide a sustainable railway for Devon and Cornwall”
Once the peak tourism season is over further information will be provided to the local community about our upcoming events. Details will be available via a dedicated webpage and our social media channels in due course.