Defending the Devon coast

PHILIP SHERRATT DESCRIBES NETWORK RAIL’S PLANS TO IMPROVE THE RESILIENCE OF THE RAILWAY BETWEEN EXETER AND NEWTON ABBOT

‘Money is no object’ was the refrain from then Prime Minister David Cameron when the sea wall at Dawlish collapsed back in February 2014. The Government pledged to do what was necessary to make the only rail link to Devon and Cornwall resilient to the kinds of events which closed the line for two months. More recently, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has described resilience at Dawlish as a top priority.

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