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The Great Western Main Line through Dawlish was re-opened on Friday 4 April 2014, almost two weeks ahead of our mid-April estimate.
Dawlish - updates, pictures and video
Exeter to Newton Abbot
Following a long history of damage along the coast line between
Exeter and Newton Abbot and the severe damaged that occurred during the winter
of 2014, Network Rail have commission an engineering study to look at the long
term resilience of this stretch of railway line. The Study commenced in January
2015 and will be complete in April 2016.
Exeter to Newton Abbot leaflet
Exeter to Newton Abbot advert
Work to rebuild the railway at one of the worst landslips ever seen on the network in Botley took place with over two kilometers of access road built.
Tunbridge Wells - Hastings
After weeks of round-the-clock work, we re-opened the railway between Battle and Robertsbridge, allowing trains to run on the full length of the route for the first time in around two months.
Three serious landslips in late March and early February caused considerable disruption to passengers’ journeys as trains could not safely run over the damaged railway.
We had hoped to fully re-open the route in early March, but the Whatlington slip moved again, despite considerable work having taken place to fix it. Our engineers worked 24 hours a day to repair the damage.
Maidenhead - Twyford (Flooding at Waltham)
Main line services are operating normally through Maidenhead on the Great Western main line with local services returning to a normal timetable.
Midland Main Line (Sheffield - Chesterfield)
Following the landslip blocking the line at Unstone near Chesterfield, our initial estimates indicated that train services would be disrupted for four to six weeks. However work on site has progressed better than expected and the line reopened ahead of schedule.
Work to fully stabilise the hillside will continue for several months and so trains will run at a reduced speed past the site. This will not significantly affect journey times.
The railway between Taunton and Bridgwater reopened on 10 March 2014 and a near normal service reintroduced over affected areas.
Cutting edge technology - our New Measurement Train
Video of high tide flooding the tracks at Bridgewater (YouTube).
The Cambrian Coast line between Barmouth and Harlech is reopen following a £10m programme to repair severe damage to the rail infrastructure and sea defences caused by the winter storms. Delivered two weeks ahead of schedule the work involved removing 40 tonnes of debris and reinstating 6,000 pieces of 'rock armour' that form the sea defences.
We also laid more than 1,000 sleepers, 2,500 tonnes of ballast and 1,400 metres of track.
Last updated 14 December 2015