Tuesday 15 Nov 2016
Railway upgrade plan proposed for line between Exeter and Newton Abbot
Following a series of detailed investigations and technical studies, Network Rail will present proposed upgrades to the railway line between Exeter and Newton Abbot to the public on Thursday (17 November), in an effort to ensure long-term protection for the railway and the community.
Exceptional weather at the beginning of 2014 caused part of the railway line at Dawlish to collapse into the sea and thousands of tonnes of material from the cliffs at Teignmouth to fall onto the line.
As work to repair the line commenced, Network Rail began working with residents on a study looking into the impact of coastal flooding, erosion and cliff instability on this vital part of the Great Western route, and the options available to limit the effects of these in the future.
The study, part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan, has identified ways of protecting the railway and improving the future reliability of the line. The proposals will be presented to communities across Devon and Cornwall at a series of engagement events over the coming weeks.
Mark Langman, Network Rail’s managing director for the Western route said: “This railway line is a vital link for the South West of England and we are committed to securing its long-term future as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan to deliver a bigger, better and more reliable railway for passengers. It is important that the community are fully involved in the process at this early stage and we urge residents to come along to these events.”
Anne Marie Morris, Member of Parliament for Newton Abbot, said: "Our coastal line is crucial to our economy and I am pleased to see progress on ensuring its long term resilience. I hope as many people as possible come to hear about the plans and give their comments.”
The first public engagement event will take place on Thursday, 17 November at the Langstone Cliff Hotel in Dawlish Warren; open to the public from 4.30pm until 7.30pm. Further events will be held over the coming weeks (see notes to editor).
Notes to editors:
No costs have been calculated for individual parts of the project due to the early stage of development.
Network Rail will be holding a series of information sharing engagement events for the public as follows:
Langstone Cliff Hotel, Dawlish Warren, EX7 0NA
Thursday, 17 November – 4.30pm-7.00pm
Rougemont Hotel, Exeter EX4 3SP
Monday, 28 November – 3pm-7pm
Pavilions, Teignmouth TQ14 8BG
Tuesday, 29 November – 3pm-7pm
Best Western Livermead Cliff Hotel, Torquay TQ2 6RQ
Wednesday, 30 November – 3pm-7pm
Copthorne Hotel, Plymouth PL1 1AR
Monday, 5 December – 3pm-7pm
Alverton Manor Hotel, Truro TR1 1ZQ
Tuesday, 6 December – 3pm-7pm
About Network Rail
Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 38,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.
About the Railway Upgrade Plan
The Railway Upgrade Plan is Network Rail's investment plan for Britain's railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail's £40bn spending priorities for the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. It is designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain's railways continue to experience; passenger numbers have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over the next 25 years - so we need to continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. For passengers, that means:
- longer, faster more frequent trains;
- better, more reliable infrastructure; and
- better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.