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Autumn Statement reaction, Peninsula Rail Task Force comment

The Peninsula Rail Task Force welcomes the Government’s announcement that plans for major improvements for the seawall at Dawlish are to be published next summe

29th October, 2018
The Peninsula Rail Task Force welcomes the Government’s announcement that plans for major improvements for the seawall at Dawlish are to be published next summer.

PRTF Chair, Councillor Andrea Davis said: “The Task Force welcomes the Government’s commitment to improving the resilience at Dawlish.

“The Secretary of State has been continuously quoted as saying that Dawlish is the number one rail priority for the Government and this is evidence of its intentions.

“It is essential that the rail line remains open to protect the South West’s economy. The line’s vulnerability during adverse weather cannot be allowed to dictate the level of service endured by passengers in the region.

“We look forward to working with Network Rail and DfT to guarantee the South West has a long-term solution and a plan of action to deliver a reliable and resilient rail network.”

Richard Stevens, Chair of the PRTF Stakeholder Advisory Group said: “Our trains are frequently delayed by poor infrastructure or failures, which has taken its toll on business. This creates a big burden on the economy in the South West. The focus now must be on the physical delivery of a resilient line that will yield a long-term solution to the lack of resilience at Dawlish.”