As work to improve the sea wall at Dawlish breaks for the peak tourist season, staff from Network Rail are now committing to undertaking a series of beach cleaning events along the Dawlish sea front throughout the summer months.
Once a week during low tide, staff have been meeting to clean the popular beach of debris and litter. The big clean-up started in early July with staff focusing on the areas around Coryton Cove and Boat Cove, with work continuing along the full stretch of Dawlish sea front until early September.
In addition to the beach cleaning activities, Network Rail operatives have also been provided with re-usable drinks bottles to ensure no more single use plastic bottles are used during site operations.
These latest environmental initiatives follow on from Network Rail and Teignbridge District Council staff joining forces earlier this summer to clear up sand and gravel washed up on to the popular coastal path running beneath Dawlish railway station.
Positive feedback was received from the general public, Dawlish Town Council and visiting tourists, with dozens of posts of support on social media. Following completion of the work, those wanting to enjoy the scenic views along the coastal footpath to and from Dawlish Warren now have safer and easier access.
David Lovell, senior programme manager for Network Rail’s South West Rail Resilience Programme, said: “This work again showcases Network Rail’s commitment to the local Dawlish community and our dedication to being an environmentally friendly organisation.
“The stunning views along this stretch of coastline are truly unique and we hope that by taking the time to clear the beach once a week over the summer, these views are maintained for locals and visitors.”