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.
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!
A breakwater would be better than just a bigger wall!
They should build the line the other side of town ..Dawlish Parkway avoid the sea ..it will always win!
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.
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.
As a Dawlish resident, who knows several other Dawlish residents who regularly use the railway, enjoying the beautiful journey and caring passionately about its future remaining in its present location as much as possible, I am rather confused (or perhaps bemused) by the above post, but definitely will not lose any sleep, or use up any further energy over it!!