Work resumes on strengthening the sea wall at Marine Parade, Dawlish, on September 9 - and Network Rail is targeting completion of the £30 million project in spring 2020.
The project had been suspended during the school summer holidays.
NR’s contractor BAM Nuttall will start by delivering its plant to the beach via landing craft and colonnade underpass, and installing a compound on a field on Teignmouth Road to store equipment and provide welfare for workers - as well as a small welfare facility in Dawlish station car park.
The first phase involves excavating beach material at the toe of the existing sea wall, and pouring a new concrete foundation to provide a suitable base for installation of the pre-cast concrete facing panels in front of the existing sea wall. This is already 50% complete.
This activity - like other aspects of the project - is dependent on weather conditions, but is expected to be completed in around two weeks.
For the FULL story, including an interview with NR Project Lead Fintan Kearns, read RAIL 887, published on September 11, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from September 7.