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Storm damage delays walkway repairs

Storm damage on Sprey Point ramp Credit: Network Rail

The weekend's stormy weather has caused the reopening of the walkway between Teignmouth and Smugglers Lane in Dawlish to be postponed.

Network Rail had originally planned to reopen the walkway today but has rescheduled it for next week after stormy weather at the weekend damaged the temporary works used to construct Sprey Point ramp.

"This delay is very frustrating for all of us, not least local residents who I’m sure were looking forward to being able to use the walkway again.

“While we were prepared for the storms and took the necessary precautions, the nature of temporary structures means that unfortunately they are vulnerable in severe weather.

“I would like to take this opportunity to apologise for the inconvenience caused and reassure the local community that my team is working round-the-clock to reopen the walkway as soon as possible.”

– Tom Kirkham, project manager at Network Rail

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