Breakwater repairs to protect Dawlish sea wall route

WORK is underway at Dawlish in Devon to repair four breakwaters which help to protect the west of England main line from the force of waves.

The work is being undertaken with the help of ‘world-leading engineers’ in coastal, tunnel, cliff and railway engineering, and is expected to take six months.

The sea wall line at Dawlish during storms in March 2018, showing how heavy seas can endanger safe operation of the railway between Exeter and Newton Abbot. NR was forced to close the line again in early November because of high tides and strong winds. NETWORK RAIL

Expert engineering teams from Network Rail and BAM Nuttall will repair breakwaters at at Boat Cove, Coastguard’s Point, Colonnade Underpass and Langstone Rock, after the structures were identified as being in a poor state of repair and not providing the protection the coast and this iconic stretch of railway line requires.

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Protecting the route through Dawlish has been identified as a national priority by the Government, and these immediate short-term improvements are being made while Network Rail continues a £15million detailed study of longer-term options to protect the railway.

Read more in the December issue of The RM – on sale now!

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