Network Rail Holding Drop-In Event For Dawlish Sea Wall Today
By Sofy Robertson
Network Rail is holding community drop-in sessions in Exeter and Torquay this week to update local people on their plans to improve the resilience of the Dawlish railway line that connects the South West with the rest of the country.
This follows the recent announcement from Transport Secretary Chris Grayling that £80m will be made available to increase the height of the sea wall at Dawlish.
The consultation in Exeter will be held today at the Mercure Rougemont Hotel (EX4 3SP) from 15:00-18:00.
The consultation in Torquay will be held tomorrow (28th February) at the Grand Hotel (TQ2 6NT) from 15:00-18:00.
Further community engagement events will follow in Plymouth, Truro and Penzance in the spring.
At the events, representatives from Network Rail will provide an update on the ongoing work to repair breakwaters at Dawlish, as well as details of the recently submitted plans for an improved sea wall at Dawlish.
Managing director of Network Rail’s western route, Mark Langman, stated:
“Funded by £15m of government money, Network Rail has been working with world-leading engineers to identify and deliver the best options to improve the resilience of the main rail artery in and out of South Devon and Cornwall.
“There has been a great deal of progress including government funding for a new sea wall in Dawlish which was confirmed last week. We would like to take the opportunity to update communities and stakeholders on our progress.” (Radio Exe)
If you are unable to attend the drop-in sessions and want to be updated on Network Rail’s progress, contact the national helpline on 03457 11 41 41 or follow @SouthWestRRP on Twitter or Facebook.