As we said in a previous blog post, we are waiting to see the results of the consultation in the report which Network Rail have said they will publish this month. We do not have a specific date as yet but as soon as we do, you will be the first to know!
In the August edition of Modern Railways Magazine, it was reported that Network Rail aim to submit a Transport and Works Act Order application later this year or early in 2021. Arcadis, Network Rail's design contractor for the Parsons Tunnel to Teignmouth project have engaged Alun Griffiths, a subsidiary of Tarmac, which is in turn owned by Dublin based CRH (Irelands largest company and the largest building materials company in North America). Their brief is to conduct and early contractor involvement study with the aim of scoping out timescales. The article details that the first stage of the project will be to build the new railway alignment, which will take 3 years. This will be followed by a further 5 years of work to stabilise the cliffs. David Lovell, Network Rail's project manager, is quoted as saying that further interventions will depend on whether there is a rise in sea levels, with the possibility that these might be needed at two different stages between 2024 and 2029 and then between 2029 and 2034.
We wait with baited breath to read the report about the consultation and how it has impacted the design!