We are protecting the railway line for passengers and the people of Dawlish
In June 2019 work began on a new, larger sea wall that will protect the railway and the town for the next 100 years.
The new wall will cost £80million and be delivered in two phases. The first phase, which runs from Colonnade underpass, west of Dawlish station to Boat Cove an area approximately 400m, will take nine months and will be complete in early 2020.
Phase two, which runs from Dawlish station to Coastguards Breakwater which is also around 400m, is still being developed. We expect to share more information on this in summer 2020.
Work dates for phase one
Saturday 1 June – Sunday 14 July 2019
- Site preparation and mobilisation work
- Installation of pipes for pumping concrete
- Noise, vibration, track and structural monitoring
- Preparing the current sea wall
- Movement of beach material to aid work
- Construction of concrete foundation
- Installation of vertical anchors
Monday 9 September 2019 – Thursday 23 January 2020
- Surfacing work
- Lighting and seating installation
- Site clearance and demobilisation
- Excavation of new foundations
- Demolition of existing promenade sections
- Installation of pre-cast concrete units
- Concrete work
- Installation of the vertical anchors
- Installation of the pre-cast concrete panels
- Concrete work
- Installation of the track drainage
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.