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19.08.20

Dawlish sea wall development plans approved

On Aug 18 Teignbridge District Council approved Network Rail’s plans for the remaining section of the new sea wall at Dawlish, which will allow for increased protection for the railway from extreme weather and rising sea levels for years to come.

Network Rail are hoping to begin building the second section of wall, which runs for 415m between the Coastguards and Colonnade breakwaters, later this year.

The work follows the opening of the first section at Marine Parade in July and will complete the £80m Government-funded project.  

The work will incorporate a new high-level wider and safer public promenade into a new sea wall, ramped pedestrian access to the beach, a footbridge to link the two parts of the sea wall and an accessible footbridge with lifts for Dawlish station.

The renovation of the timber seaward platform will also improve accessibility, making it easier for passengers to get on and off trains at the Grade II listed station, which is used by more than half a million people each year.

The work is expected to take around two years and deliver a £10m boost to the local economy, on top of the £5m spent on local labour, materials and accommodation for Marine Parade.

Network Rail’s director for the Western Route Mike Gallop said: “We know the local community in Dawlish feels strongly about the future of the sea wall and the resilience of the railway and we have listened to their views while developing our plans to protect the railway and the town from extreme weather.

 "We are pleased that Teignbridge District Council has approved the remaining section of the new sea wall and thank members for their thorough reviews of our plans throughout the process to date.

“We are delighted with the positive feedback we’ve received from residents about Marine Parade and we know many are looking forward to the improved accessibility the work from Coastguards to Colonnade will bring.

"The new sea wall will protect this vital rail artery to the south west for the next 100 years. World leading engineers have designed these plans, having considered hundreds of other options, and it will ensure the railway line is more resilient for generations to come.”

Chair of the Peninsula Rail Task Force, Cllr Andrea Davis said: “We are pleased that Network Rail’s plans for the second phase of the seawall project has been approved. This is great news for our residents and businesses across the peninsula and visitors to the region. Establishing a resilient main line is a vital aspect of the PRTF’s work and the Dawlish sea wall has always been a priority since the storm damage in 2014.

"This project will deliver greater resilience to the remaining sections of sea wall, ensuring that our network can withstand the weather and that people can travel across the peninsula reliably. We have already seen the benefits from the first phase of works, with a £5m uplift to our local economy, and the next phase of works will build upon the benefits released so far.”

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