The re-routing of the Dawlish rail line closer to the sea will NOT see a popular beach lost to the public.
The causeway option would see the line rebuild from the tunnel at Smugglers’ Lane in Holcombe, out on to the beach past Spray Point, and then would curve back in land towards Teignmouth.
The option could cost up to £500million but no funding has yet been pledged for the work or a timeframe put in place.
But at Thursday morning’s Teignbridge Locality Committee meeting, David Lovell, Network Rail Programme Manager for the Western and Wales region revealed that although the line is still set to be realigned, it won’t move as far away from the cliffs and across the beach as initially planned.
But it still doesn't say anything about protecting the line at Dawlish itself.
Reopen the okehampton line ,you cannot avoid or beat nature.
Will have to stop the line at Dawlish Warren for Dawlish. Chucking money at the wall to be washed away is crazy. Open an inland line to Newton and yes Okehampton- Plymouth makes sense.
b.o.liking and wondering I hope you have deep pockets, why? You seriously need to see the pre railway maps of Dawlish, Dawlish Warren and Starcross, the majority of developed areas were marshland. There were even flat bottomed boats that brought goods up to the bridge at Secmaton Lane for Secmaton Farm! This means that anything below Barton Terrace would revert to marsh, as would the Dawlish industrial estate and beyond to the sea. So unless you are proposing the residents of Dawlish and surrounding areas pick up the bill for the wall, I should keep quiet. It is not just about the railway, it is about those who have homes who rely on the railway and the wall to protect them from nature taking back what we have as humans reclaimed from the sea. There is a bigger picture and it is not just about the railway.