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Dawlish sea wall contributes £3 million to South Devon economy

Work to rebuild and improve the sea wall at Dawlish has resulted in £3 million being spent locally in south Devon between June 2019 and May 2020 by Network Rail and its contractors.

By the time the first section of the new sea wall is completed in summer this year Network Rail and main contractor BAM Nuttall expect to spend a further £1.56 million in south Devon on local labour, materials and accommodation bringing the total spend in the local economy to nearly £5 million.

This boost to the local economy of Dawlish and Teignbridge comes as a result of Network Rail and BAM Nuttall committing to spend as much money locally as possible whilst they build the new sea wall, which will help protect the railway and town from rising sea levels and extreme weather for generations to come.

In addition, the team building the sea wall estimates that it will spend a further £5m locally as part of the plans to complete the second section of the new sea wall. Network Rail’s plans for this second phase, which will be 410 metres in length from Colonnade underpass towards Dawlish Warren, are expected to be submitted to Teignbridge District Council in the next month. The government has committed £80 million of funding to complete the upgrade of the Dawlish sea wall.

Network Rail’s Western route director Mike Gallop said: “I am delighted that we’ve spent nearly £5m with local suppliers and businesses in the Dawlish and Teignbridge area as a result of the first section of the new sea wall.

“We are committed to continuing to support the local economy, particularly in these difficult times. The proposed second section, which would continue the new sea wall north-eastwards adjacent to the station, is likely to bring in another £5m to be spent locally with contractors, suppliers and accommodation providers. I know how vital this will be for many businesses struggling to cope with the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.”

Phil Bowcock, operations manager at BAM Nuttall, added: “BAM Nuttall have a history of working at Dawlish since 2014. We are proud to continue this association with the area and help secure this vital piece of the UK railway. We have and will continue, through close collaboration, engage with local people, suppliers and stakeholders to support the local economy.

“This project is of great benefit to local people and the South West Region. BAM are really proud to be involved in such a great legacy.”

From June 2019 to May 2020 a total of £3,012,112 was spent locally. This includes a spend of £689,865 on local labour and £170,000 on accommodation, hotels, restaurants and in local shops.

Between now and first phase of the new sea wall being complete this summer, it is estimated a further £1.22 million will be spent with local businesses and suppliers. A further £250,000 will be spent on local labour and £80,000 on local accommodation, hotels, restaurants and in local shops.

This would bring the final spend locally during the first phase of the sea wall to £4.56m.

Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJhttp://therailengineer.com

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Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST.

A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series.

Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.

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