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South West Rail Resilience Programme - tour and talk

Part of RTPI Coastal Week
05 July 2023 at 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM / South West England / Awards and Social / Conference

05 July 2023 at 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
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Following the catastrophic failure of the sea wall in Dawlish and land slip from the cliffs onto the railway near Teignmouth during the winter storms in 2014 (which resulted in the SW railway mainline being cut off from the rest of the country for 6 weeks), Network Rail has developed and is now delivering a programme of works of coastal resilience to protect the railway and keep this important national infrastructure operational.

The initial reactive works to get the trains running again and putting the railway back cost £45-£50m and an additional £20m of tactical strengthening close to the breach was spent in 2014. Further £3m funding followed for a coastal resilience study between Exeter and Newton Abbot including a Strategic Environmental Assessment which identified a number of interventions required in the short, medium and long-term along this coastline to protect the operation of the railway.

The delivery of this programme has involved working with a multitude of stakeholders over the last 9 years including Crown Estate, Dawlish Town Council, Environment Agency, Historic England, Marine Management Organisation, Natural England and Teignbridge District Council as well as various other local interest groups and landowners”.

Join us on the 5th July with Colin Field, Town Planning and Heritage Manager at Network Rail (and potentially LPA) for a walk and talk about the programme and see first-hand the adaptation measures that have been put in place to protect this important infrastructure, the residents of the town and part of our heritage.

Meet at 3pm at on the new promenade. This is at the far end of the station next to the coastguards breakwater and public footbridge (accessed from the sea front promenade – not directly from the station platform).

Limited spaces so early booking is recommended