You may or may not have heard the press release from Network Rail, in which they stated that the plans for the Parsons Tunnel to Teignmouth stretch of line are on hold. They explained that this was due to the 'unprecedented level of response' they received from the public consultation at the beginning of the year.
Although we have don't have much more information other than that given during the press interviews yesterday, we understand that the South West Rail Resilience Team will looking carefully at the feedback they received from the public consultation and will hold another public consultation 'in 2022'. (All links to news articles and broadcasts from yesterday can be found on our latest news page.)
This is fantastic news as it suggests that Network Rail are listening to our concerns and ideas and taking them on board. However, until a final decision is made about any works that will happen, we cannot step away from the campaign and must keep focused on protecting our coastline and railway.
Until Network Rail present their new plans, we will continue to attempt to work together, with them, to find a positive, realistic solution!
On that note, we are very keen to add new members to our committee. As we move on, we need people to help with social media, website management, PR, minute taking etc. Any roles can be shared, your are not signing up for years or hours of your time, you can step back when you feel you want to and any questions you may have can be answered thoroughly before you make a decision. If you would like to know more or know someone who might please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org