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South West Rail Resilience Scheme: Dawlish

By Sophie Holdrick

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Lynch is proud to be working with BAM Nuttall to upgrade the sea wall in Dawlish. This is an exciting sea defence project and we are the sole plant supplier.
The completion of the new sea wall is set to protect the railways for the next 100 years or more...

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The railway line that runs through Dawlish is a vital link for both passenger transport and freight moves. MLN1 is the ONLY line running to the South West of England. This connects over 50 towns and cities on the peninsula to the rest of the UK. In 2014, a massive storm damaged the railway. This forced it shut for 3 months while emergency works took place. The closure of the railway had an estimated £1.2B impact on the South West economy. Upgrading the sea wall will safeguard this essential rail link for generations to come.

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Project Challenges included:
Tidal working patterns
Delivery constraints
Environmental concerns with working in the sea
Unpredictable weather

We were able to supply two 70T Excavators to the project, on the beach and in the compound to help with the installation of the sea wall.

Lynch have been a delight to work with on both Marine Parade and Coastguards to Colonnade. I look forward to continuing working with you and I hope to extend our relationship with you onto future packages of work.

Jack Brookes - BAM Nuttall Project Team

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