Alternative Route to the Dawlish Line

7th February 2014

The recent closure of the rail line at Dawlish in Devon has highlighted again the fragility of the rail connections for passengers and freight to Cornwall and South Devon from Exeter.

Kilbride have set up a project in Tavistock, West Devon, which will see the reinstatement of the first part of the old fast route from Exeter to Cornwall, closed by Beeching, which would avoid the Dawlish line route. The Bere Alston to Tavistock Rail Project will be funded by the housing development in Tavistock for which a planning application has been submitted by KilbrideĀ“s selected Residential Developer, Bovis Homes. The S106 Agreement will set aside funds for the rail reinstatement costs from Bere Alston to Tavistock.

If successful, the reinstatement of the remaining Tavistock to Okehampton section would complete the restoration of the original mainline route thereby providing at least a diversionary route to the Dawlish line.

A number of critical decisions are being made in the next few weeks and it is vital all parties continue to work closely together to move the Bere Alston to Tavistock project on as quickly as possible.


Peter Frost
Managing Director, Kilbride Rail

Published on 07/02/2014