Posted: 24.09.21 at 11:21 by Philippa Davies
New LED lighting and concrete seating have been installed as the finishing touches to the first section of Dawlish’s new sea wall.
Work on the second section of the new sea wall – which is 415m in length and stretches between the Colonnade breakwater west of the station to the Coastguard breakwater east of the station – began last November and Network Rail says it’s continuing to progress well.
143 concrete wall panels have been installed and the curved wave returns that sit on top of the wall panels are now being added.
Construction of this £80m government-funded upgrade is expected to be finished by 2023 and once complete, will give the railway and the town of Dawlish better protection from rising sea levels and extreme weather.
The new sea wall at Dawlish is part of Network Rail’s ongoing efforts since 2014 to improve the resilience of the railway between Dawlish and Teignmouth in Devon, known as the South West Rail Resilience Programme.
Ewen Morrison, Network Rail senior programme manager for the Dawlish sea wall project, said: “It’s pleasing to see the remaining finishing touches to the first section of sea wall have now been completed.
“The lighting will undoubtedly brighten up the promenade and enable people to safely use the sea wall in the evening, particularly as the darker winter nights fast approach.
“Every time I’m in Dawlish I’m struck by the stunning views of the English Channel and I’m delighted residents and visitors to Dawlish will be able to enjoy these views with an ice-cream or cup of coffee while relaxing on this new seating.”
Anne Marie Morris, MP for Newton Abbot, said: "It was great to recently meet with Simon from Network Rail to discuss and see first-hand the excellent progress on the new sea wall at Dawlish. The latest improvements offering new lighting and seating are a great addition that will help local residents and visitors to continue to enjoy this beautiful stretch of coastline.
“The rail resilience works are so important to protecting Dawlish and our vital railway line from the sea for decades to come, and I warmly welcome the tens of millions of pounds of government investment into our area that this project represents."
For more information from Network Rail, and progress updates on the latest developments on the construction of the second section of new sea wall, click here.
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