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Cliff railway wins engineering award

A photo of the Lynton to Lynmouth cliff railway dating from 1931 Credit: PA

The Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway will receive a national award today because it's an example of exceptional British engineering.

Completed in 1890, the railway is the oldest water-powered funicular railway in the UK.

The award is being presented by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.


Giant Broadband cable being laid off the Scillies

A giant cable is being laid to give the Isles of Scilly Superfast Broadband. Engineers are using a ship moored off St Mary's to bring a 60 kilometre cable to the shore.

It will be connected to a high speed line that runs from Cornwall to Spain deep under the sea

The cable-laying ship, Resolute, moored off St Mary's, Isles of Scilly Credit: ITV News West Country

It will mean islanders have much faster internet access.

Jeremy Steventon-Barnes from BT says the cable will be buried out of the way, deep in the sand.

New green energy projects could be set up in region

New green energy projects could be set up in region Credit: ITV News West Country

There could be two new green energy projects set up off the North coast of Devon and Cornwall. The Crown Estate, which manages the UK seabed, has given approval for leases on two sites - one for a wave energy scheme off North Cornwall ,the other a tidal based project off North Devon.

A wave hub is currently in place off St Ives.

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Taunton Station plan gets £4 million boost

Taunton Station will have a £4 million revamp Credit: ITV News West Country

The plan to refurbish Taunton Railway Station has received a huge boost with the announcement of a £4 million grant from the Local Growth Fund

Railway station project partners Taunton Deane Borough Council, Somerset County Council, Network Rail and First Great Western today welcomed the news which means the south side of the station complex redeveloped can now be finalised.

Leader of Taunton Deane, Cllr John Williams said: “The enhancement project will transform an ageing, tired and increasingly congested station into a proud, modern and welcoming environment for passengers, businesses and the wider public.

I am delighted with this news and determined that it will create a thriving new ‘quarter’ in Taunton, adjacent to the Firepool regeneration site where our plans are also coming together.”


Firm hopes to be the first to use Wave Hub

Cornwall's first offshore energy-generating device has been put in place off the Cornish coast to be tested and eventually attached to the Wave Hub "power socket" on the sea bed.

Bob Tillotson from Seatricity, who created the device, hopes it will be the first company in the world to do so.

It could eventually power 10,000 homes.

First device for Cornwall's Wave Hub put in place

The energy-generating device is taken out to sea to undergo tests ahead of being connected to the wave hub Credit: Seatricity

The first energy-generating device to, eventually, be plugged into Cornwall's wave hub has been put in place .

It's a major step in the scheme, which will act as an electrical socket on the seabed harnessing the power of the waves to generate electricity.

Seatricity, the makers of the device say it is undergoing rigorous tests but, if they go well, it will be hooked up to the hub and possibly power 10,000 homes.

Plymouth Navy ship in search for missing plane

HMS Echo. Credit: Royal Naval

A Plymouth-based survey ship is joining the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines plane. HMS Echo will travel to the Southern Corridor of the search area to try to locate flight MH 370.

The ship has been scrambled from the Persian Gulf. It comes after possible plane debris was spotted in the Southern Indian Ocean.

Read more: Australia spots possible plane debris

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