Resilience of the railway to the South West - Dawlish one year on
  • Plymouth Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building, Plymouth University

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It is now widely recognised that the rail artery to the South West is a vital component to the economic life of Devon and Cornwall.  

Over the last two winters, the line has been severed by flooding north of Exeter, landslips and, of course, the collapse of the famous sea wall at Dawlish in February 2014.

How did the railway industry manage during these disruptions?  What challenges did the recovery involve?  And, importantly, what lessons have been learned for the future and what measures are now to be put in place to maintain this vital railway link?

Speakers: David Crone (General Manager, First Great Western) and Mike Gallop (Director Route Asset Management, Network Rail).

  • David Crone will describe the challenges of operating a train company whose artery was severed, but whose customers still needed to get through.
  • Mike Gallop will talk of the complex engineering challenges involved in achieving lasting repairs to the line.

Both speakers will talk of their hopes and vision for the future. There will be ample time for questions.

This lecture is run by the Centre for Sustainable Transport in conjunction with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

Doors open at 6pm for 6.15pm start.


  • CILT members: please book as normal quoting event code DCG0320 (this event has CPD of 1.5 hours)
  • Non-CILT members: please book through the CILT Devon & Cornwall Group chairman at
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