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Devon flood relief complete

Flood 3x2

Network Rail has completed flood relief work on the Dawlish Warren Road, near Cockwood, Devon.

The work involved alterations to a Victorian era culvert that was placed under the railway to divert water misplaced during track construction.

Due to its location in the Exe Estuary, the culvert flooded when a tidal flow forced water into the pipes. 

A valve has been replaced that will prevent high tide waters from the culvert flooding a neighbouring road.  

“Thanks to the hard work of the staff from our Plymouth engineering team and the partnership working between Network Rail and local agencies, we were able to find a solution to the ongoing flooding at Dawlish Warren Road,” said Network Rail asset engineer Nigel Clements.

“Flooding has caused numerous problems for the community over several years but successful work between Network Rail, local councillors, Devon County Council and Anne Marie Morris MP has helped identify the root cause of the problem. This led to the urgent replacement of a tidal flap valve that will significantly reduce the likelihood of flooding.

“I am delighted with the work of all involved as the replacement was carried out exactly to plan.”

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