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INFOGRAPHIC: Countdown to completion of Dawlish rail line work

By Herald Express  |  Posted: March 31, 2014

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THE storm-damaged railway line at Dawlish will reopen on Friday.

Network Rail today confirmed the long-awaited reopening today as they announced a five-year plan to invest £38bn in rail infrastructure.

It includes the construction of new tracks, the renovation of stations and the upgrade of existing lines.

The announcement comes after it emerged that Network Rail was expecting a record fine of £70m for delays suffered by passengers over the past five years.

Chief executive Mark Carne said: "I don't think in this century we should be having railways that are out of action for two months as we've suffered in Dawlish.

"It's quite clear we need to invest further in improving the resilience of our network."

Storms in February destroyed the main line at Dawlish, cutting all rail services in and out of the West country.

Dawlish was just one example of a town cut off from the network by bad weather, Mr Carne said. Network Rail has just reopened the line to Hastings after several weeks of closure due to landslips.

"We've suffered an enormous amount of damage to the railway right across the network, and that's one of the reasons why our punctuality figures have been lower than we would have liked.

"We need to do more to improve the resilience and to provide the passengers with the kind of service that I think they rightly deserve."

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  • Sinjis_Things  |  March 31 2014, 5:35PM

    Congratulations to the hard working people who have got this line open again for us. The weather has caused line closures before and no one has done anything about it. What we need is a high speed inland line between Exeter and Newton Abbot to prevent this happening again. We are meant to be getting the much publicised HS2 which will come in over budget and late and is of no benefit to us in the South West. For a fraction of the HS2 cost the line between Exeter and Newton Abbot could be a reality.

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  • Hocus_Pocus  |  March 31 2014, 4:43PM

    Taken from BBC News The plan, which runs from 2014 to 2019, includes: Up to 700 more trains a day between major northern cities 20% increase in the capacity of London's commuter trains 850 miles of track to be electrified An east-west rail project connecting Oxford and Milton Keynes Upgrades for stations including Birmingham New Street and Manchester Victoria In addition to those new projects, £13bn will be put into replacing and renewing old tracks, points, fencing and platforms. So 2/3 of the money is to be spent away from the South West, we are getting money towards replacing and renewing old tracks, points, fencing and platforms. But not an efficient reliable service with trains that are 40+ years old or second hand trains. And still no electric in Devon or Cornwall......

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  • cornwall999  |  March 31 2014, 1:57PM

    great news for the Westcountry

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