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Bam Nuttall to build Dawlish sea wall

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Bam Nuttall has won the contract to build the first phase of the Dawlish sea wall.

Work to construct the sea wall will begin at the end of May, designed to protect the railway from extreme weather, waves and rising sea levels.

In 2014 the embankment supporting the track was washed away and leaving it suspended in mid-air. The resulting line closure is estimated to have cost the local economy up to £1.2bn.

The plans were developed by Arup to prevent stormy seas from damaging the rail line for the next 100 years.

The upgrade is expected to take approximately nine months to complete, with work stopping during the peak summer season to minimise disruption on tourism in the area.

Network Rail senior programme manager for the Dawlish sea wall project David Lovell said: “We are delighted to have awarded the contract to BAM Nuttall and we look forward to working with them on delivering this vital upgrade that will protect the rail artery to the south west for the next 100 years.

“Our plans have been drawn up by world leading engineers and it will provide greater protection to the railway and town from rising sea levels and extreme weather. Together with BAM Nuttall we will continue to update the community with how our work is progressing.”

Bam Nuttal Rail director Huw Jones added: “We have a long association working at Dawlish, and successfully delivered emergency recovery of the railway during 2014. We’re proud to have been awarded this project to help secure this vital piece of the UK railway, for the community to rely on, over many years to come.

“We look forward to continuing our close collaboration with local stakeholders, Network Rail, and our supply chain partners. This is a great opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to creating sustainable solutions that enhance the lives of passengers and everyone in communities where we work.”

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