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Robustification of Cornish rail connectivity

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Flooding and damage caused by ‘extreme’ weather has affected communities across Cornwall and Devon including Newlyn, St Mawes, Perranporth, Looe, Kingsand, Cawsand, Plymouth, Torcross, Dawlish and Exmouth, the BBC reported (5 February 2014). Plymouth and Cornwall’s only railway connection to the rest of England has been put out of action by collapse of sections of the Great Western route around Dawlish, and properties along the sea front are imperilled.

Network Rail tweet of waves in South Devon, 4 February 2014

Network Rail tweet of waves in South Devon, 4 February 2014

The coalition’s insouciance about preparing communities and planning for ‘extreme’ weather must be a matter of great concern in South West England. There must be a question mark over the longer term viability of the Great Western railway on its current course via Dawlish and 25kV ac overhead electrification to Plymouth would pose immense problems. It might be time to dust off old GWR plans for an inland by-pass, and / or rebuild the LSWR “withered arm” route via Okehampton.

Reallocating some HS2 funding to reopening the Okehampton - Plymouth railway might be an appealing prospect

Reallocating some HS2 funding to reopening the Okehampton – Plymouth railway might be an appealing prospect (base map: http://www.openstreetmap.org)

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Written by beleben

February 5, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Posted in Planning, Politics

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  1. This has been discussed for decades! About time it happened

    Graham

    February 11, 2014 at 9:00 pm


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