Dawlish – emergency works, Winchester

13 October, 2015 | 17:30 - 20:00

The site where the railway was washed into the sea and Network Rail
The site where the railway was washed into the sea and Network Rail's repair

About this event

The talk will be a description of Tony Gee's involvement as the Design Consultants for the Dawlish Emergency Works, particularly in relation to the sea cliffs between Dawlish and Teignmouth.

In February 2014 a series of storms hit the south coast of England battering and damaging the main railway line between Dawlish Warren and Teignmouth. The "Breach" was national news and the spotlight was on the construction team to repair the line and reconnect the South West in time for the Easter Holidays. The Breach however, was not in isolation and there was substantial damage over four miles of this coastal section of the railway, to the wall parapets, walkways, access steps, sea walls and cliffs.

Numerous minor cliff slips occurred as well as a large mass failure known as Woodlands Avenue, a 70m wide and 50m high failure directly above the tracks. The presentation discusses the challenges associated with the discovery, excavation and remediation of Woodlands Avenue and how long term monitoring has been used to verify its success.

Rob Allen is an Associate Director for Tony Gee and Partners LLP. Elly Blackwell is a Senior Engineer for Tony Gee and Partners LLP and was the full time representative on site during the emergency works.


For any further information about meeting content, please contact:

Beccy Cusworth
e: beccy.cusworth@ramboll.co.uk

Event materials

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