Agenda item

 Network Rail presentation on developments.


Ms Emma Lewis, Network Rail Programme Engineering Manager made a presentation to the Committee, giving an overview of recent developments, in summary as follows:-


(a)  Phase 1: Dawlish, Marine Parade


·       Lighting had now been commissioned, following favourable feedback from stakeholders; 

·       The remaining works were lifting eye remedial works and minor snagging.


(b) Phase 2: Dawlish Sea Wall, Coastguards to Colonnade


The high level programme was presented for all the works which were due for completion during 2023;

  • Facing panels were now almost complete;
  • Recurve Units were underway;
  • Shadowing effect on facing panels represented the Coastguard's area; and
  • Low-carbon concrete was being used for back-fill.


(c) Phase 3: Parsons Tunnel North Portal Resillience


This was due for completion at the end of September 2022;

  • Gantry Crane construction methodology had been adopted;
  • Planning condition regarding discharge was in progress;
  • De-vegetation and surveys had been  undertaken with ecologist supervision; and
  • Cirl Buntings method statement also accepted and sea lavender translocated.


(d) Phase 4: Dawlish to Holcombe Earthwork Resillience


  • Nine key sites had been identified as requiring cliff stabilisation work;
  • Coastal resilience had been reassessed (UKCP18) with no works required currently; and
  • Preliminary design and investigation works were ongoing.


(e) Phase 5: Parsons Tunnel to Teignmouth


  • The documentation review was being finalised;
  • Design review/refinement phase was in progress;
  • Peer review of coastal assessments had been planned through the Environment Agency;
  • Ground investigations were starting;
  • Areas for further consideration included: amenity impact on beaches; construction methodology; size of revetment and hazard ranking of cliff sections and potential modification of buttress size or alternative solutions;
  • Additional funding had been made available from the Department for Transport to progress the further development of above;
  • The existing geotech design, modelling and support documentation was being reviewed, with the conclusion due in Spring 2022, followed by a full scheme review;
  • The timeframe depended upon this design review work and any resulting design changes; and
  • Network Rail was establishing a Phase 5 stakeholder liaison group with local council representatives.


Members’ questions/comments, together with responses (in brackets) included:-


-       that the progress to date was welcome (including the phase 2 proposed lighting);

-             however an issue that needed urgent attention related to pollution affecting the beach/sea due to the deterioration of Marine Parade/phase 1 joint material.  (Network Rail advised the neoprene joint material infilled the gaps between the panels to enable the concrete to be infilled behind. A lack of joint material allowed pebbles to get into the joints.  Network Rail had been working with the designers regarding required remediation.  Whilst this had no impact on the structural integrity of the wall, the materials and pollution issues would be addressed as soon as possible); 


-       further consideration had been sought regarding the location and operation times of generators, to minimise the pollution impact on the local community at Dawlish for Phase 2 and the potential for similar issues for the Parsons Tunnel Phase 3 compound.  (Network Rail confirmed that a request for mains power had been made for the Phase 2 compound.  Whilst agreements were being progressed the generators would be changed to use hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) instead of conventional fossil fuel.  A further response would be provided to members in relation to proposals to mitigate compound pollution at Parsons Tunnel phase 3);


  • (* NB: Post meeting note: Mains power had been requested for the Phase 3 compound.  Any generators required before mains power was installed would use hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO)).


-       a request had been made to include cycle route within the scheme between Smuggler’s Lane and Teignmouth, to link into the existing route (Network Rail advised this had formed part of discussions between Network Rail, Devon County Council and SUSTRANS.  This would be reviewed once the geotechnical design review had been carried out and the potential change to the overall scheme was understood);  


-       a request had been made that breakwaters were considered as part of Phase 5 (off-shore/perpendicular to beach, e.g. to help to encourage more beach/reduce erosion). (This would be passed onto the Network Rail’s re-evaluation team for consideration);


-       whether Network Rail had been impacted by the current ongoing supply issues of some building materials (Network Rail advised that minor modifications/ alterations had been made to help with some material supply issues, together with the use of a number of different precast concrete suppliers where the Covid-19 pandemic had impacted on available labour); 


-       -confirmation sought from Network Rail on the timescale regarding whether the sea lavender translocation would be successful at Parsons Tunnel North Portal (Phase 3) and the proposed plan if this did not take root (advice would be sought and a response made after the meeting). 


RESOLVED:  that Network Rail be thanked for their presentation, noting that an update/response would be provided on the Member issues raised above, as appropriate (where available see post meeting note at * above).