Railway Repairs Redux

Grecian2K

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It was five years ago today that the seawall at Dawlish was swished away.

Wonderful to see (after all of the promises made at the time) all of the work now going on apace to ensure that there can be no repetition and the SW peninsular will never be so isolated again.....or have I missed something there. :(
 

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I doubt if anyone really cares in London G2K...Cornwall,Plymouth & South Devon being isolated from the railway network would not rock too many boats(no pun intended) in the corridors of power..Now if it had happened in the South East it may be a bit different.
 

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I doubt if anyone really cares in London G2K...Cornwall,Plymouth & South Devon being isolated from the railway network would not rock too many boats(no pun intended) in the corridors of power..Now if it had happened in the South East it may be a bit different.
Well, If an Exewebber volunteered or was handed the task of sorting out our regions network how would he go about? Baring in mind the huge outcry should the current and very scenic coastal line be closed and the possible unsuitability and ginormous cost of developing the old line through Okehampton I left wondering exactly what the best options might be.
 

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Well, If an Exewebber volunteered or was handed the task of sorting out our regions network how would he go about? Baring in mind the huge outcry should the current and very scenic coastal line be closed and the possible unsuitability and ginormous cost of developing the old line through Okehampton I left wondering exactly what the best options might be.
Firstly, he shouldn't bs about fixing the problem "soon" and then 5 years later still not have produced any solution except future plans again and more committee meetings. I so effing hate bureaucrats!!
 

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Item on Spotlight this week................

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-47121121
So basically after five years all that they are now proposing is the cheapest fix option, and will leave the residents and tourists to Dawlish staring at a solid wall. Even Trump's latest plans allow for a view ! Plans for an alternative route ditched, plans to build the line further out to sea ditched, and totally ignoring the unstable cliffs which also continue to block the line on occasion !

While Crossrail has gone billions over budget, still requires extra billions to complete and there is still no opening date in site. Of course HS2 has started, we already hear that the forecast budget is now projected to be woefully short of the actual build cost. A vanity project to cut ten minutes off a journey between London and Birmingham, whilst Devon, Cornwall, and other far flung areas are virtually ignored !
 

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Firstly, he shouldn't bs about fixing the problem "soon" and then 5 years later still not have produced any solution except future plans again and more committee meetings. I so effing hate bureaucrats!!
While I agree that the bureaucrats have been remarkably indolent in tackling the problem Mike I was, in the main, asking for ideas as to how bureaucrats/engineers/ inventive Exewebbers could remedy the situation. I made the point that they/we the people would loathe the loss of the coastal stretch of the line plus the unsuitability of the Okehampton route what with supposed problems with viaducts?

For my part, I humbly suggest duplicating the huge blocks of granite as seen between the Dawlish Warren beach and Langstone cliff. Of course the granite ridge would be less in width and cover only the most vulnerable sections of the seawall as not to spoil beach use during the summer.

Doubtlessly Teignbridge Council would be dead against this while favouring alterations to the wall.
 

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While I agree that the bureaucrats have been remarkably indolent in tackling the problem Mike I was, in the main, asking for ideas as to how bureaucrats/engineers/ inventive Exewebbers could remedy the situation. I made the point that they/we the people would loathe the loss of the coastal stretch of the line plus the unsuitability of the Okehampton route what with supposed problems with viaducts?

For my part, I humbly suggest duplicating the huge blocks of granite as seen between the Dawlish Warren beach and Langstone cliff. Of course the granite ridge would be less in width and cover only the most vulnerable sections of the seawall as not to spoil beach use during the summer.

Doubtlessly Teignbridge Council would be dead against this while favouring alterations to the wall.
I'm definitely not an expert on this topic, Stuffy. I just know that when the tide comes in strong and the sea is rough then it's an awful lot of water to hold back. I agree entirely that the stretch of line that follows the coastline through Dawlish is well worth keeping, but I'm not sure how to do it. What annoys me is that the Govt. pays all kinds of think tanks, engineering companies etc with absolutely no end product.
 

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Westward bound train services stopping at Taunton next Monday, with disruption continuing for three weeks.
 

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As long as brenty boy isn’t involved with the building or planning ,then the wall might be finished well before Argyle’s top notch refurbished mankover (rofl)
 
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