Progress continues on the Dawlish sea wall

Progress continues on the Dawlish sea wall

This Friday (5th) is the 7 year anniversary of the Dawlish storms and major work has taken place since to protect the wall and it's railway line. 

The severe storms battered England’s southern coast and the sea-front railway running through Dawlish, Devon, felt the full force of the wind and rain. Under severe duress, the sea wall gave way, compromising an 80-metre stretch of railway, which washed into the sea.

Network Rail reacted quickly, completing emergency repairs and opening the railway within six weeks and re-opening the restored sea wall in August 2015.

Even as the railway opened, Network Rail was aware that a more extensive improvement to the sea wall would be required to guarantee the future of the coastal railway. Advice from climatologists and coastal erosion experts suggested that the events of 2014 were highly likely to happen again.

In an era of rising sea levels and increasingly severe weather events, a more robust, long-term solution was required to safeguard the railway.

In 2019, work began to Phase One of the new £80 million Dawlish sea wall, a reinforced concrete design which will provide increased protection for the railway and Dawlish town centre while also providing locals and holiday-makers with an attractive sea-front promenade.

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RTM Dec/Jan 22

RTM Dec/Jan 22

Transforming Weather and Seasons

Our December-January 2021-22 edition of RTM is packed with insights and innovations to help us deliver the railway network of the future. As we enter into the winter period, it’s fitting that we offer our cover story to Network Rail’s Dr Brian Haddock, discussing how weather and seasons are changing our railway network. Elsewhere, we have Charlotte Blach explain a new tool to support supply chain opportunities, and delve deeper into Track & Infrastructure innovations, alongside so much more…

 

 

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9 December 21

The rail industry is undergoing a once-in-a-generation transformation with railways about to undergo the most significant transformation in 25 years.

We will be able to provide a more dependable and well-connected passenger first railway as a result of the network improvement. But what does this entail for individual locations in terms of investment?

On the 9th December, RTM365 will bring together leaders from each of the UK regions at our next instalment of virtual events to get the answer to these questions and learn more about regional rail investment, major projects and the effect of the upcoming Great British Rail transition.

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