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A Dawlish historian has claimed the damage to the Dawlish rail line may have been prevented if the designer Brunel's original plans were followed. Bob Vicary prepared seven history boards along the South Devon Coast Path between Dawlish Warren and Lea Mount Park, Dawlish, for the Brunel bicentenary. He did much research and said the facts are 'a bit faint, but plenty of them'. Read ...

Network Rail has announced they will reopen the storm-damaged railway line, that connects the South West to the rest of the UK, on the 4 April, two weeks earlier than planned and well in time for Easter. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-26433185

Explanation from the BBC about the concrete... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26361280

25 Feb 2014

Network Rail has told the government it hopes to reopen the railway line destroyed by storms at Dawlish before its target of mid-April. Rail minister Steve Hammond said he had been given a "commitment" that "if they can beat that date, they will". http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-26335125

The reopening of the South West's main rail link will be delayed by up to two weeks after another storm causes more damage at Dawlish in Devon. BBC News :- http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-26224257 Dawlish business affected by storms helped by Devon Community Foundation Herald :- ...

BBC news article suggesting Network Rail has a preferred alternative route to the Dawlish one. However, abandoning the Dawlish route was "not an option". http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-26110559

Engineers have been working on a six-hours on, six-hours off basis around the tidal patterns to protect the most damaged section of sea wall in the coastal town of Dawlish, Devon. Full assessment of repairs will carried out this week, along with a revised timescale. Until then. the initial assessment of at least six weeks to completion still holds. Source: ...

Travellers in south west England will get more flights and discounted train fares to help them after the rail in Dawlish in Devon was wrecked by severe storms. McLoughlin said that, following discussions with the DfT, airline Flybe will double, to six, the number of daily flights between Newquay in Cornwall and Gatwick airport in West Sussex from next Wednesday. This will provide more ...

Several miles of ballast which supports track on the railway line was washed away and one hundred feet of sea wall collapsed at Dawlish during the evening. More floods are expected and coastguards are warning of gale force 9 for Wednesday morning. Source: http://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/update/2014-02-04/people-evacuated-as-storms-hit-devon-cornwall/ Pictures: ...

A coastal erosion expert has warned that the new year storms could see more cliffs collapsing later this year. Storms have already caused a number of collapses around the coast, including at Porthcothan Bay in Cornwall where a landmark rock arch fell into the sea. Read News Article ... Powerful waves hit the sea defences at Dawlish in Devon

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