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Rapid Response to Vital
Rail WashOut

Network Rail engineers begin work to try to stop further damage at Dawlish


As the time line shows, engineers wasted no time in responding to the major railtrack incident caused at Dawlish by the recent storms. Engineers have been working through the night at Dawlish, Devon, to shore up a seriously damaged section of sea wall before another Atlantic storm system was imminent.

As a result of the force of the sea surge, waves and gale force winds, around 80 m of sea wall was destroyed by high tides and stormy seas, causing a significant stretch of railway to collapse into the sea. The force was so strong that it actually demolished the sea defences and completely undermined the railway track, leaving it suspended in the air.


The road adjacent to the railway and several houses were also damaged, along with damage at Dawlish station itself and several other sites in the area. Some structures have been left in a very precarious state.

Initial works saw the rails and sleepers cut away from the hole and removed. That meant it was then safe for staff to access the site and begin removing debris. This was then used to help build an access ramp so machinery could be brought onto site.

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