I've always thought the town has no interest in the railway just want it to protect the town..maybe Netwerk Rail should build a 12 ft wall all along the track or make it a tunnel all along the seafront....that would protect the town but no sea views.
The cost of building a new line at todays prices 8.1 million per km then take into consideration the terrain the cost would go through the roof. Then we would have a sea wall with little or no maintenance putting the town and cliffs at risk of flooding and erosion.
They should build the line the other side of town ..Dawlish Parkway avoid the sea ..it will always win!
Eric Carter's career started as a reporter for the Bideford Gazette, before he was enlisted in the Devonshire Regiment when the Second World War broke out. Eric return to Devon in 1972 when he decided to run his own newspaper - the Dawlish Gazette. It was friend Jimmy Hall, who took over the Sidmouth Herald, that made Eric want to run a newspaper of his own, where wife Betty helped, along ...
Mum Jan Parkin, 55, an employee of accountancy firm Francis Clark, was reportedly found unresponsive on the floor of her Kestrel Way home by husband Barry. Read more... https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/heartfelt-tributes-dawlish-mum-after-2517827
Planning application: https://www.teignbridge.gov.uk/planning/forms/planning-application-details/?Type=Application&Refval=19/00237/NPA
This is what the new Dawlish sea wall may look like https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/what-new-dawlish-sea-wall-2511315
A breakwater would be better than just a bigger wall!
Cannot see the application on Teignbridge planning web site yet although the area in question is highlighted in red. From the illustration on the news article the extended height wall is only from the station towards boat cove not the section between red rock cafe (as it use to be known and the Dawlish station!
Plans for a new, higher sea wall at Dawlish in Devon have been developed in partnership with engineering services firm Arup. The design will prevent stormy conditions from damaging the railway at Dawlish, where the tracks and station are regularly damaged by flooding due to high waves and strong winds. Read more... ...