Network Rail is holding a series of community drop-in sessions to update the local community on its ongoing work to improve resilience of the railway between Dawlish and Teignmouth in Devon.
Network Rail, along with engineers who specialist in coastal, tunnel, cliff and railway engineering, will provide an update on the studies that they have been conducting along the railway line between Teignmouth and Dawlish since May.
According to Network Rail, these detailed geotechnical and marine studies will ensure the challenging and complex mix of terrain and engineering involved are fully assessed. The studies will inform the detailed design for any recommendations to make the south west more resilient to extreme weather.
Network Rail has now established a dedicated South West Rail Resilience Programme to identify and implement the best options to improve rail resilience of this iconic stretch of railway. This is to avoid a repetition of the events of 2014 when the line was closed for eight weeks after extreme weather washed away the seawall and a massive landslide blocked the railway with 20,000t of material.
Funded by £15M of government funding from the Department for Transport, the South West Rail Resilience Programme’s work has seen engineers in coastal, tunnel, cliff and railway engineering conducting detailed studies along the route between Teignmouth and Dawlish.
Network Rail western route managing director Mark Langman said: “It is not only vital for us to identify the most effective engineering solutions to protect this iconic stretch of railway, but also to consider any environmental implications and engage with local communities on the details of any potential schemes.
“Getting this right for everyone is absolutely at the forefront of our minds as our world leading engineers continue their investigations into 2019. We are looking forward to speaking to local people at our events this autumn.”
Longer-term options for making the railway more resilient in this region will be presented to the public, local councils and government in spring/summer 2019 once analysis of the engineering studies has been completed.
The community drop-in events will be held:
Tuesday 30 October - Dawlish Methodist Church, Dawlish from 2.30 to 5.30pm
Wednesday 7 November - Teignmouth Library, Teignmouth from 4pm to 7pm
Thursday 15 November - Holcombe Village Hall, Holcombe from 4pm to 7pm.