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Protecting the track between Dawlish and Holcombe

Phase 4 of the South West Rail Resilience programme covers the stretch of the railway between Dawlish and our work at Parson’s Tunnel, Holcombe.

Rail Minister Wendy Morton (centre) on her visit to Dawlish with (from left) Network Rail senior sponsor Julie Gregory, Anne Marie Morris MP, Councillor Andrea Davis and Network Rail project manager Sarah Fraser.

Funding of £32m for this phase was announced by Rail Minister Wendy Morton in April 2022, taking the total invested in the programme to more than £150m.

What the work involves

We plan to install a series of protection measures, from stainless steel netting designed to retain the cliffs in some high-risk locations, and catch fences, which will stop any cliff material before it reaches the railway, in others.

Project update

We have now started the process to find our delivery partner for the main stage of the work between Dawlish and Holcombe. The selection process will emphasise the environmental considerations of the project and we expect to announce the contract by autumn.  

We are working with Teignbridge District Council for the section of the work that will overlook Marine Parade. We are also working with Natural England on the areas that fall within the Dawlish Cliffs Site of Special Scientific Interest.

The South West coast path runs alongside some areas of the project and we are very aware of the need to keep it open as much as possible.

Contact us

If you have any additional questions or concerns about the work taking place in your area please call our dedicated 24-hour National Helpline on: 03457 11 41 41 or visit our contact us page.

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