Prime Minister reassures MP on Dawlish resilience work

Delivering resilience improvements for the Devon Sea Wall is “a national priority”, says Prime Minister Theresa May.

At Prime Minister’s Questions on January 30, Luke Pollard (Labour, Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport) said: “Next week marks five years since the train line at Dawlish was washed away in storms. Five years on, that train line remains fragile. We need money, not more press releases.”
Pollard asked May to unblock a £300 million upgrade that he claimed the Department for Transport was sitting on, and use the anniversary of the wall’s collapse (RAIL 742) to keep the line open and stop it being “fragile and precarious”.

  • For the FULL story, read RAIL 872, published on February 13, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from February 9.
  • To read about what has happened in the five years since the collapse, read RAIL 871, available now.

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  • AndrewJG8918 - 05/02/2019 00:25

    There were plans to build a diversion railway line for avoiding the sea at Dawlish. If that has been postponed which would be given the go ahead in later years.

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