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Dawlish News
Dawlish News
25 Feb 2014 10:14

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

Don Pearson
Don Pearson
25 Feb 2014 14:32

a "commitment" that "if they can beat that date, they will"

 

Utterly meaningless. Might as well say, "directly."

2 Agrees
roberta
roberta
25 Feb 2014 18:19

or dreckly

Clive
Clive
27 Feb 2014 09:40

I would suggest that in these situations, commitments only become meaningful if the 'doers' have a financial stake in making it happen on schedule or better!  'Acts of God' (e.g. more wrong sort of weather) excluded!

stephen15
stephen15
27 Feb 2014 11:27

@Clive.

Why don`t we look on the bright side, NR finish early, or on time,
and then the trains can run again. And then everybody will be happy. Hopefully!!
 

Clive
Clive
27 Feb 2014 12:42

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26361280   Looking good - Nothing like commiting to loadsa loadsa concrete to solve the problem :)

Clive
Clive
27 Feb 2014 19:51

Some extra detail from the new civil engineer which may be of interest - At the main breach, the track bed channel apparently will have a 2m high wall to the front and a 3m high retaining wall on the landward side.  The hole has now been backfilled with 5000m3 of mass concrete to a depth of 3m against a shutter of concrete vehicle barriers.  These have been tied together vertically and horizontally into the concrete with steel bars.  Not quite a 'Berlin Wall' but all sounds very beefy to me! 

Dawlish News
Dawlish News
28 Feb 2014 10:41

Explanation from the BBC about the concrete...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26361280

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