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Storm damage delays Dawlish repair work

The reopening of part of the sea walkway in Dawlish after the winter’s storms has been delayed.

The stretch of walkway alongside the railway between Teignmouth and Smugglers Lane will now reopen next week, after stormy weather at the weekend damaged the temporary works used to construct the Sprey Point ramp.

Dawlish walkway storm damage

Storm damage from the weekend to the sea walkway.

Network Rail had originally planned to reopen the walkway today, Tuesday 12 August.

Tom Kirkham, project manager at Network Rail, said: “This delay is very frustrating for all of us, not least local residents who I’m sure were looking forward to being able to use the walkway again.

“While we were prepared for the storms and took the necessary precautions, the nature of temporary structures means that unfortunately they are vulnerable in severe weather.

“I would like to take this opportunity to apologise for the inconvenience caused and reassure the local community that my team is working round-the-clock to reopen the walkway as soon as possible.”

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