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« Reply #975 on: March 04, 2018, 10:39:12 pm »

For the benefit of those with Twitter, this seems a pretty good way of clearing snow.....

Check out @GreaterAngliaPR’s Tweet:

Good news.  Even those of us not signed up to Twitter can see this footage.  The ignorance of some of the comments reminds me why I'm not a subscriber.
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« Reply #976 on: March 04, 2018, 10:43:19 pm »

That must be such fun, driving one of those.  Grin


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« Reply #977 on: May 19, 2018, 12:18:41 pm »

From Devon Live

Plans have been announced to move the rail line at Dawlish out into the sea as part of plans to tackle major issues the Plymouth to Exeter line has suffered in the past.

Network Rail has confirmed it's hoping to extend the line and had previously said that they wanted to build a 400m (1,300ft) causeway near Teignmouth.

The project to replace the flood-hit Dawlish line, which connects the south-west to the rest of the country, would see it built about 30 yards out to sea.

The causeway option would see the line rebuild from the tunnel at Smugglers’ Lane, out on to the beach past Spray Point, and then would curve back in land towards Teignmouth.

It now appears that they are going to press ahead with that option which could cost up to £500m.

MP Anne-Marie Morris said: “It’s a scheme we’ve all been hoping and waiting for, and it is good that the £50m is now here.

“This is not just good for my constituents but the entire South West. We have been looking into these works since the [collapse of the Dawlish sea wall in 2014) and what the best solution will be.

“The decision to move out to sea comes because regrading the existing line has been found to be unviable, not just because of the money but the works would mean the railway would close for 6-12 months.

What are the technical proposals for the Dawlish rail line?

1. The line between Holcombe and Teignmouth will be relocated into the sea away from crumbling cliffs. Anne-Marie Morris explains how it needs to be ‘more robust.’

2. The continued strengthening of the sea wall at Dawlish near train station, following the high-profile collapse in February 2014.

3. Works to protect the tunnels by installing ‘avalanche shelters’ to protect the tracks from falling rocks.

4. A ‘helpdesk’ office to open to provide locals and visitors with information about the projects

“There needs to be a full consultation with residents over the loss of beach at Polcombe and Teignmouth. We are looking at Autumn 2018 for this.

“It’s great news and shows the government is delivering on its promise to make the line sustainable in the long term.”

The BBC reports survey work is already underway in preparation to realign the route between Dawlish and Teignmouth.


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« Reply #978 on: May 19, 2018, 04:04:48 pm »

Surely this can not mean that actual building work is to start ! Must be time for a few more studies, reviews and consultations.
A few posts* back, I expressed doubts about moving the line out to sea, and would be interested to see exactly how they propose to do this.

Are any drawings or plans of the works available ?

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