We’re protecting the railway line for passengers and the people of Dawlish
The new wall will cost £80million and is being delivered in two phases. The first phase, which runs for approximately 400m from Colonnade underpass, west of Dawlish station, to Boat Cove has now been built, ensuring that this section of railway is more resilient for future generations.
Work on phase two, which runs for 415m between Coastguards and Colonnade breakwaters, began in November 2020 and is expected to finish in Spring 2023. Work began on a new accessible footbridge with lifts at Dawlish station in September 2022. It is due to open in late 2023.
How did we get here?
In February 2014, a devastating storm struck Dawlish leaving just a swing bridge of rails behind, severing the whole of the South West peninsula off from the rest of the UK and costing millions of pounds to put right.
Remarkably 300 Network Rail staff and contractors managed to restore the rail link in just eight weeks by repairing the sea wall and replacing the track and foundations with 6,000 tonnes of concrete and 150 tonnes of steel.