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£10m more for Dawlish resilience


NR mulls Teignmouth causeway option

The Government has confirmed the provision of an additional £10 million funding into work to strengthen the resilience of the railway between Exeter and Newton Abbot via Dawlish.

The funding will allow Network Rail to carry out further planning into protecting the railway, which was washed away during winter storms in 2014 and closed for two months.

It follows a study by Network Rail which has identified three priority areas where action is needed to protect the railway. The first concerns the risk of landslip from the cliffs between Teignmouth and Parsons Tunnel; it is understood that possible solutions suggested include moving the railway seawards by building a 400-metre causeway on the beach near Sprey Point to divert the railway away from the cliffs. The second option, which is understood to be favoured as it would be less susceptible to storm damage, is to shave the surface of the cliff to make it less steep.

Other priority areas identified include the risk of rock fall from the cliffs above the north (Dawlish-side) entrance to Parsons Tunnel and flooding risk in the Dawlish area. The £10 million commitment will allow work to continue from next year, when the previous round of funding was due to end.

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