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Dawlish storm damage: Walkway repairs begin

Temporary barge on the beach Image copyright NETWORK RAIL
Image caption A temporary barge has been set up on the beach next to the Dawlish line for the work to be carried out

Work to replace a coastal walkway that was destroyed by winter storms has begun.

The path and railway line in Dawlish in Devon was severely damaged by massive waves which left the south-west of England without a rail connection for two months.

The walkway is the final section of footpath between Dawlish Warren and Teignmouth to be repaired following the damage.

The work is expected to finish in 2015.

Tom Kirkham, project manager at Network Rail, said staff were "working round-the-clock" to complete the work between the Rockstone and Coast Guard footbridges "as quickly and safely as possible".

Nearly 5,000 tonnes of concrete and 150 tonnes of steel were used in the railway line repairs earlier in the year at a cost of £35m.

Image caption The line at Dawlish was destroyed on 4 February by huge waves

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