Network Rail is to officially mark the completion of repairs to the railway line at Dawlish that was damaged during storms in February 2014 with a special event this week.
Local residents are being invited to walk the full length of the revamped walkway on Friday for the first time since the 18 month project to repair the railway line, strengthen the sea wall and stabilise the cliff started.
The final phase of the project involved building a new wall in front of the existing sea wall to provide further protection and raising the height of some sections so that the full length of the walkway from Dawlish Warren to Teignmouth can be used at high tide.
“We’ve now completed the final stage of our work to rebuild the railway line through Dawlish and improve the area’s resilience,” said Network Rail scheme project manager Sophie Young. This is a significant milestone in the town’s history and so it seems only right we share it with the local community, which is why we have organised this event. It is also very important to us to be able to thank residents for their patience and support throughout what has been a very complex, multi-site and multi-faceted project.”
The event will take place on 14 August with Newton Abbot MP Anne Marie Morris officially opening the walkway at 12pm.
Network Rail has said that although its work at Dawlish is now complete, work will continue on the Exeter to Newton Abbot section of the route with a study to consider options to improve resilience.