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Earlier this year £35 million was spent repairing storm damage to the coastal Great Western railway in and around Dawlish. Now a 20-foot [6 metre] long stretch of the sea wall has been damaged again, leaving holes and precariously exposed coping stones, the Western Morning News reported.

[‘PICTURES: Cracks and holes appear in new Dawlish sea wall’, Western Morning News, November 12, 2014]

But Julian Burnell from Network Rail said he wasn’t too concerned.

“I’m not too worried about this.

“It is pretty much business as usual at Dawlish.

“We had a thumping storm and that is why we have a team of men that have for many years gone up and down that wall all the time checking for damage and fixing it.

“In this case the coping stones at the top of the wall have been hit enough to loosen them so we closed the walkway to assess the damage.

“But we will fix the stones back in position – this is the kind of thing we deal with at Dawlish every day.

“Everybody is very sensitive after the catastrophe in February – this is nothing to worry about on that scale.”

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Written by beleben

November 12, 2014 at 6:25 pm

Posted in Planning, Politics, Railways

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