ENGINEERS have been working over the festive period to continue the latest phase of the resilience project along the railway line between Dawlish and Holcombe. 

The team worked around the clock over Christmas to drill soil nails in the cliffs to reduce the risk of material falling onto the track by stabilising the rock face.

The work is part of the ongoing multi-million pound project to protect the vulnerable coastal rail link. 

Network Rail’s South West Rail Resilience Programme is moving into its final phases after years of work including the innovative sea wall at Dawlish and the new overbridge and lift at the station. 

This cliff work part of the scheme, which began in the summer, will carry on in 2024. 

A Network Rail spokesman said: ‘Thank you to our neighbours for your patience.’