Dawlish destruction: reconnecting the southwest

When a ferocious winter storm caused severe damage in February 2014 to a 6km section in southwest England's railway in Dawlish, south Devon, train services were suspended. This was the area's sole main line, and the damage included a breach of the seawall. In order to reconnect Devon and Cornwall, an eight-week repair and rehabilitation program were required. This article takes a look at the process, which necessitated using a wall of shipping containers to act as a temporary breakwater.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Maps; Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 22-24, 26-27
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  • Accession Number: 01526977
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 28 2014 2:36PM