What you can do to help save Teignmouth and Dawlish beach and railway including IK Brunel's historic sea wall

Network Rail are now consulting with the following statutory and non-statutory bodies to finalise the scope of the baseline surveys, assessment methodologies and proposed mitigation. We need you to get busy writing emails, making phone calls and writing letters to these organisations. 

Network Rail

Andrew Haines, CEO. andrew.haines@networkrail.co.uk and  julie.gregory@networkrail.co.uk 

Templates and ideas

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Please use these templates as a guide and personalise them as best you can. This will help ensure that each letter or email you write is counted individually by the recipient. Duplicate letters, however many someone receives, are only counted as one.




Other ideas and topics to write about


  • Loss of local amenities
  • The economic effects on local tourism (£185million per annum currently in Teignbridge)
  • Resilience failure (With this £500,000,000 project will still still see waves and debris fly over the higher wall and cause cancellations?)
  • Environmental issues
  • Sand and scour from construction
  • The impact of house prices in the area
  • Losing Brunel's historic sea wall megastructure
  • Uncertainty in the local area - health and wellbeing of local residents and business
  • Noise during the 8 years of construction
  • The effect on the local harbours both in Teignmouth and further up and down the caost





List of official consultees that Network Rail are now working with. You can help influence their responses by sharing your concerns with them.

Department of transport


The Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps Let him know why you think he should expect Network Rail to rethink their current, destructive plans. Email: grant.shapps@dft.gov.uk (direct ministerial address) and copy in grant@shapps.com Suggestions for content:

  • Principles of good design. Any new designs should be sympathetic to heritage and character of the area
  • The proposal destroying the historic sea wall
  • The iconic red cliffs are used in much of Devon's tourist information and in Network Rail's adverts.
  • The effects of sea levels and flood risks are not yet known




Marine Management Organisation


The executive body of DEFRA, and responsible for licensing and regulating marine activities. Email: info@marinemanagement.org




The Environment Agency


The Environment Agency are an advisory body to Network Rail and currently have no real idea of the effects the plans will have on Teignmouth and Dawlish residents. Let them know how you feel about the plans. Email: Marcus Salmon: spdc@environment-agency.gov.uk and copy in enquiries@environment-agency-gov.uk Phone: 0370 8506506 Write: South West Office, Manley House, Kestrel Way, Exeter, Devon, EX2 7LQ




Natural England


Let Natural England know how you feel about losing your beach Email: DevonCornwallandIslesofScilly@naturalengland.org.uk Phone: 0300 060 3900 Write: Sterling House, Dix's Field, Exeter EX1 1QA




Historic England


Let Historic England know how you feel about losing Brunel's Wall, including Sprey Point, the Viaduct, the Lime Kiln and the World War Two Pill Box. Email: southwest@HistoricEngland.org.uk Phone: 0117 9751308 Write: 29 Queen Square, Bristol, BS1 4ND Website: https://historicengland.org.uk/about/contact-us/local-offices/south-west/




Devon Wildlife Trust


Write: Devon Wildlife Trust, Cricklepit Mill, Commercial Road, Exeter, Devon, EX2 4AB Email: contactus@devonwildlifetrust.org Phone: 01392 279244 See the response from Devon Wildlife Trust in our Latest News page




Devon and Severn Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority


Details to come




Sea Mammal Research Unit


Details to come




British Trust for Ornithology


Details to come




Devon County Council


Details to come




Royal Yachting Association


Details to come (represented by Teign and Corinth Yacht Club)




Teignmouth Harbour Commissioners


Chairman - Graham Bond. Email: gbond@btinternet.com Harbour Master - David Vaughan. Email: harbourmaster@teignmouthharbour.com




Trinity House


Details to come




Maritime and Coastguard Agency


Write: Spring Place. 105 Commercial Road, Southampton, SO15 1EG Email: infoline@mcga.gov.uk Phone: Main switchboard 0203 817 2000




The Crown Estate


Email: enquiries@thecrownestate.co.uk Phone: 020 7851 5000 Write: 1 St James’s Market, London, SW1Y 4AH The Prince of Wales Let the future king know how you feel about losing your beach and historic sea wall. Write: HRH Prince of Wales, C/o Private Secretary Michael Whitehead, Clarence House, London SW1 1BA





More people to write to with your concearns

Download templates to get started


Please use these templates as a guide and personalise them as best you can. This will help ensure that each letter or email you write is counted individually by the recipient. Duplicate letters, however many someone receives, are only counted as one.




Other ideas and topics to write about


  • Loss of local amenities
  • The economic effects on local tourism (£185million per annum currently in Teignbridge)
  • Resilience failure (With this £500,000,000 project will still still see waves and debris fly over the higher wall and cause cancellations?)
  • Environmental issues
  • Sand and scour from construction
  • The impact of house prices in the area
  • Losing Brunel's historic sea wall megastructure
  • Uncertainty in the local area - health and wellbeing of local residents and business
  • Noise during the 8 years of construction
  • The effect on the local harbours both in Teignmouth and further up and down the caost





Sign the petition to Network Rail and give your reasons

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-teignmouth-beach