This task force is a positive step forward for our project
and will make a big difference to what will be a major civil engineering
challenge for us, involving the beach, the railway and the chalk cliffs.
We realise that passengers in Dover, Deal, Folkestone and
Sandwich are keen to know when we will be able to reopen the line, and I can
reassure them we are working very hard to get them an answer.
This is a vulnerable stretch of railway and we have to find
the right design to last many more years into the future and cope with climate
change. As soon as we have a design and a timescale we are confident in, we
will let everyone know.