The main railway line through Dawlish has reopened in time for the Easter holidays.
Thousands of holiday makers are expected to visit Devon over the Easter holidays over the next few weeks, and happily, those who had intended to come by train will be able to continue with their plans.
Speaking on BBC Breakfast this morning, Visit Devon chair Carolyn Custerson praised the huge efforts that have gone into repairing the track. “I urge everyone who is thinking of a UK holiday this year to support Devon and to consider coming here,” she said.
More robust for the future
In total, £15m was spent repairing the area outside Dawlish station where track had been damaged, and an additional £20m was spent on repairing tracks either side of the town. Network Rail’s contractor says the new concrete sea wall will be there for another 200 years.
Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne said that their army of engineers had overcome every obstacle thrown at them to restore this critical piece of the network, ahead of schedule, and in time for the Easter holidays, and thanked “hugely supportive and patient” local communities and businesses. Network Rail is also looking at creating a new inland route as a back-up to the Dawlish line.