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Devon coast repair work to continue into next year

A section of sea wall in Devon closed since March is due to be re-opened next week – but work will continue along the coast into next year.

About 20,000t of the cliff face in Teignmouth sheared away during the extreme weather of last winter, and had to be cleared (see picture) before the Great Western Main Line could re-open in the area.

It came just weeks after a stretch of the line collapsed into the sea at nearby Dawlish during a severe storm in early February.

Trains began running again in April, but engineering work has continued around the clock to repair the sea wall and walkways, and prepare for future weather events.

Now the section of sea wall walkway between Teignmouth and Smugglers Lane is due to be reopened to the public on 12 August. It will remain closed overnight on Saturdays, however, as works take place to stabilise the cliffs.

Network Rail project manager Tom Kirkham said: “The reopening of the railway at Dawlish was just the start of a long process, not only to repair the damage caused by the storms but to make the area more weatherproof for the future.

“We understand that local residents are keen that this work be completed as soon as possible and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. I would like to thank the local community for their continued patience and support, and reassure them that our staff are working round-the-clock to complete this essential work as quickly and safely as possible.”

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