Railways: Dawlish

Department for Transport written question – answered on 22nd February 2019.

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Photo of Johnny Mercer Johnny Mercer Conservative, Plymouth, Moor View

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the resilience programme for the three priority interventions at Dawlish is planned to be funded as an enhancement scheme during Network Rail’s Control Period 6 programme.

Photo of Andrew Jones Andrew Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport), Vice-Chair, Conservative Party

To help find the right permanent solution to deliver the future resilience of the Dawlish rail route, we have already provided £15million for detailed investigation and design work at three key areas, one of which is the seawall at Dawlish. Following this investigatory work, we have announced that, as we move into the next phase of work, we will invest up to £80m in a brand new, more resilient sea wall at Dawlish. This is planned to be funded as an enhancement scheme during Network Rail's Control Period 6 programme.

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