The resilience of the railway is vital, and so is the environment, the economy and the wellbeing of the community. Network Rail's proposal threatens far more than just the beach yet could be turned into a great asset for the area.
The construction of this scheme will leave a colossal carbon footprint and will destroy sensitive marine habitats.
The radical realignment of the sea wall could adversely affect tidal flows and dynamic sand movement, resulting in reduced flood resilience and changes to the coastline. The Environmental Impact Assessment will not be available until seven months AFTER the public consultation, and Network Rail are withholding preliminary environmental assessment data.
The construction period is estimated to last at least eight years.
The plans have been designed so that Network Rail can avoid paying fines for disruption to rail timetables. Teignmouth’s economy depends on its beaches and coveted Blue Flag bathing water quality. Blighted by noise and pollution over these eight plus years, local businesses will pay the price of Network Rail's plans for many years after the concrete mixers depart.
This wild stretch of beach is the most powerful prescription, freely available, for the physical and mental health and wellbeing of the community.
Network Rail’s ugly and incongruous design annihilates the railway heritage and the unique character of this beach, which draws visitors from near and far.
Take action now before it's too late
The most important thing you can do is to let Network Rail know how you feel, by the end of February.
Any other conversations you have about the railway and beach - whether they are in person, discussions on social media, at the consultation events or anywhere else will NOT count in the final outcome.
Network Rail are ONLY interested in their survey and letters to them directly regarding their plans.
Fill in the Network Rail survey here
Write to Network Rail - Andrew Haines, CEO firstname.lastname@example.org and copy in email@example.com
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