Leader calls for rail funding on 5th anniversary of Dawlish failure

On the 5th anniversary of the failure of the rail line at Dawlish due to storms, Plymouth City Council leader Tudor Evans is calling on the government to confirm it is going to fully fund the £350m improvements needed to ensure the peninsula has a resilient rail service fit for the 21st century.

He said: “It’s been five long years and Plymouth residents are still subject to rail services that fail during bad weather and there is still no concrete commitment to a permanent solution.

“The announcement of the submission of plans is welcome but we want a firm funding commitment for rock fall shelters at Holcombe Tunnel and major reconstruction of the line between Parsons Tunnel and Teignmouth which will require the stabilisation of the cliff.”