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Options in futility

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The coast railway near Dawlish (BBC)

Network Rail is to launch a public consultation on November 17 in Dawlish Warren on options to ‘stabilise’ the only railway linking Cornwall and east Devon (the Plymouth Herald reported).

At present, only limited information is available, but apparently, two options are under consideration.

Option 1 (preferred by Network Rail): building a 400-metre causeway on the beach near Spray Point at Teignmouth

Doing the scoop

Option 2: shaving the surface of the cliff to make it less steep and less vulnerable to landslip

Doing the scoop

Whether funding will be made available for these ‘options’, remains to be seen. As previously mentioned on the Beleben blog, in the long term, attempts to ‘stabilise’ the coastal railway in Dawlish and Teignmouth are unlikely to be successful.


Written by beleben

October 19, 2016 at 1:25 pm

Posted in Planning, Railways

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  1. Seems to neglect the fact that at any signs of a storm all of the Voyager trains have to stop at Exeter, and as yet we’ve not tested the new IEP’s – now that WOULD be embarrassing.

    One of the details that could make a difference is to review the potential for freight coming through the under-used deep water ports, and generating more outbound produce, which could remove HGV traffic from the long haul carrying only inbound goods which us hard to operate viably, tempting operators and clients to apply cost-cutting measures (including illegal operating regimes – driver’s hours, speeding etc) and the consequential impact on road safety.

    The second string is to deliver the resilience of a second route, which will deliver reduced maintenance costs/disruption, as well as providing ways around breakdowns and failures. Planned effectively the route would also provide a core cross-Dartmoor route that can reduce the road traffic on the Tavistock-Plymouth corridor and ease the demand on North Devon roads.

    Dave H (@BCCletts)

    October 19, 2016 at 9:29 pm

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