Exe Estuary rail lines 'safe for now'

PUBLISHED: 09:40 21 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:02 10 June 2010

RAIL bosses have denied there are any plans to redirect train lines in the short term but did not rule out the possibility in decades to come. Network Rail are one of the partners involved with the Shoreline Management Strategy, previewed in Exeter this

RAIL bosses have denied there are any plans to redirect train lines in the short term - but did not rule out the possibility in decades to come.Network Rail are one of the partners involved with the Shoreline Management Strategy, previewed in Exeter this week.And, if Exmouth and Dawlish Warren's seafronts were realigned as part of the plan to improve sea defences along the coast, there were concerns that the train lines - which run parallel to the coastline from Exeter towards Plymouth - would be affected.Mavis Choong, spokesman for Network Rail, said: "In the short term, over the next 20 years, we do not think this will affect train services and there are no plans to move the lines or infrastructure."However, over the longer term, 50 to 100 years, she said there was 'no way of knowing' what affect the final strategy would have on the train industry - and did not rule out the option in the future.

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