SEPTEMBER 2017: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn promises, if the party wins power, to find £600million for rail resilience work at Dawlish while having an all weather bypass route in the future. It’s almost exactly four years to the day that devastating overnight storms on February 4, 2014 swept the main rail route into the Westcountry into the sea at Dawlish. So far, its plans for Dawlish have not been officially submitted to the Department for Transport. The railway had to be repaired and train service restored within a two-month deadline. Another £15million has been committed to the development work at Dawlish to date but these funds are not enough to take work beyond the option development stage. FEBRUARY 2014: Transport Minister Patrick McLoughlin visits Dawlish to inspect the damage. Sidmouth cafe owners' anger as they close for first time in 30 years, The Clocktower in Sidmouth made the difficult decision to close until 2021. OCTOBER 2016: Network Rail begins public information events on its investigations and resilience plans. The Government has increased rail fares to fund improvements in infrastructure, but here in the South West we haven’t seen any improvements – where’s our value for money? You can unsubscribe at any time. And it was only hours before the route was due to re-open that engineers managed to fully clear a landslip of 100,000 tonnes of clay, mud and rock that blocked the line further west towards Teignmouth. And it was only hours before the route was due to re-open that engineers managed to fully clear a landslip of 100,000 tonnes of clay, mud and rock that blocked the line further west towards Teignmouth. He said Network Rail plans to hold further community events on its work to date later in the year. Providing a Dawlish Additional Line (DAL) is identified as a long term priority in the Closing The Gap report. Prior to this, only a few large houses and mansions were to be found on the hill behind the Warren. Network Rail also believes that, unless action is taken to protect the line along the Exe and Teign estuaries, we could see scenes like those on the Somerset Levels in 2013/14. Mr Burnell said: “Do nothing and it is a recipe for failure. All eyes fell on the seaside town as Network Rail’s Orange Army worked day and night to fix the line, saving it from further collapse as cruel seas and high winds rolled on for days on end. Damage to the Dawlish rail line in 2014 Anne waited at the top of the hill in her coat, she remembers it wasn't raining, until the Leisure Centre was ready for people to move into. Storms like the one that cut the rail link at Dawlish in 2014 could become an annual event over the next 100 years. Network Rail is currently undertaking a £15million investigation programme along the Dawlish and Teignmouth stretch. The plan also urges completion of flood resilience works at the Somerset Levels and Cowley Bridge, Hele and Bradninch in Devon. Julian Burnell, senior communications manager for Network Rail, said: “The Dawlish emergency showed how vulnerable the route was and we knew in the midst of such high economic cost, that it could not happen again.”. MARCH 2014: Specialist fire crews set off a controlled landslide above the Dawlish to Teignmouth rail track where workmen battled to reopen the line. The total confirmed is the lowest since the week ending October 16 - and Friday's figure is the lowest daily total since October 2. FEBRUARY 1847: Brunel’s atmospheric railway along the coast opened between Exeter and Teignmouth and extended to Newton Abbot in January, 1848. 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AUGUST 2016: Network Rail awarded £10 million contract to investigate the coastal cliff frontage in Dawlish to Teignmouth section. MARCH 2014: Specialist fire crews set off a controlled landslide above the Dawlish to Teignmouth rail track where workmen battled to reopen the line. The South Devon Railway sea wall is situated on the south coast of Devon in England. When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Network Rail also believes that, unless action is taken to protect the line along the Exe and Teign estuaries, we could see scenes like those on the Somerset Levels in 2013/14. It is making the Teignmouth cliffs its priority, with four other programmes in the pipeline. Such a landslip happened within days of the track being cut by waves just up the line at Dawlish, but received less publicity. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. MARCH 2016: Mr Osborne pledged £5 million in the first stage of improvements to the resilience of the line in Budget. The Government has increased rail fares to fund improvements in infrastructure, but here in the South West we haven’t seen any improvements – where’s our value for money? Network Rail has raised a section of the sea wall walk to meet the higher level along the rest of the Exeter to Newton Abbot stretch. To date, although the investigations are being paid for by the Department of Transport, no funding has been secured for the works and it will have to go through public consultation and the planning process. DECEMBER 2014: Chancellor George Osborne criticised for his silence on the rail line in his Autumn Statement. JULY 2014: Orange Army commended with special award for their work. And within as little as 50 years the main rail line could be hit by severe weather once in every four years instead of the present one in 25.