Network Rail has received the backing of central government to investigate alternatives to the route that runs along the sea wall at Dawlish.
Dawlish rail services – the government will support Network Rail in its work to improve
the resilience of the railway at Dawlish. Additionally, it will ask Network Rail to examine
wider issues surrounding connectivity to and within the South West peninsula.
Specifically, Network Rail will consider alternatives to the current mainline route to the
South West via Dawlish, including an alternative route via the north side of Dartmoor
through Okehampton. This work will feed into Network Rail’s Initial Industry Plan for
Control Period 6 (2019-2024)