The final stage of work on the storm-battered South Devon coastal walkway is underway.
Network Rail said contractor Amco Rail had started on improvements between the Rockstone and Coast Guard footbridges in Dawlish.
When this phase is completed in early 2015, the entire walkway from Dawlish Warren to Teignmouth will be open to the public.
It was closed after severe weather hit the coast in February.
Work includes building a new sea wall in front of the existing one to provide further protection, and reconstructing the walkway so it is level in height with the sections on either side.
Network Rail project manager Tom Kirkham said: “Commencing our construction on this last section of walkway marks a significant step in the progress of our work to repair the damage caused by the storms and make the area more resilient for the future.
“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.”