5 years after western Devon and Cornwall had been minimize off from the remainder of the UK by rail, the federal government has promised £80m for a brand new sea wall at Dawlish.

A storm in February 2014 severed the Nice Western Railway from Exeter to Plymouth. The primary line from London to Penzance clings to the coast and is exceptionally susceptible to seawater. 

Through the storm, the railway sleepers turned driftwood, leaving the tracks suspended in mid-air. No extra trains would cross by way of for 2 months till the 100ft hole in Brunel’s handiwork was repaired at a price of £40m.

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Now, the Division for Transport has introduced additional funding of as much as £80m “to ship a brand new sea wall at Dawlish, offering higher safety for the railway and houses behind it”.

“It will assist guarantee the intense injury and disruption seen throughout storms in 2014 will not be repeated,” the DfT says.

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However rail campaigners have lengthy argued that the cash could be higher spent on reinstating the London and South Western Railway from Exeter through Crediton, Okehampton and Tavistock to Plymouth.

The inland route is way much less susceptible to inclement climate. 

It was closed as a part of the wholesale dismantling of the rail community within the late 1960s.

Half a century on, over half of the road nonetheless carries trains: Okehampton has a hyperlink from Exeter, whereas Bere Alston close to Tavistock is related to Plymouth. However the price of reinstating the lacking portion across the fringes of Dartmoor would run into lots of of thousands and thousands of kilos.  

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The transport secretary, Chris Grayling, mentioned: “We can’t enable the disruption and injury endured by Dawlish and the south west to occur once more.

“This vital funding demonstrates our cast-iron dedication to delivering a resilient and protected railway, giving passengers, companies and residents confidence in a dependable service.”

Work on the brand new sea wall will start within the spring and is predicted to be full by 2021.