Investment in resilience and economic development - West Country rail network(excerpt)
SummaryThere are three primary issues.
- Railway resilience
- Railways to support the regional economy
- Road issues.
This paper comments primarily on railway-related issues. The potential solutions may point to at least two different actions, addressing resilience, and stimulating economic development. These are discussed briefly below. JRC is a specialist transport consultancy and is available to discuss its ideas with stakeholders, elected members and officers.
Resilience: Dawlish sea wallThis is a vulnerable piece of railway. Repairs are required, but a robust medium term solution should investigate two options for new inland routeings:
- Via the former Exeter-Chudleigh-Newton Abbot railway
- Via a new inland express route between Exeter and Newton Abbot. Detailed engineering and benefit-cost estimates will be required. There will be a trade-off between the costs and benefits of re-opening the former railway, compared to a new route.