Deliberate cafe blaze on Dawlish beach

Authored by Caitlin Clark
Posted: Sat, 04/26/2014 - 6:20pm

Firefighters were called to a cafe hut on Coryton Cove Beach, Dawlish, today (Saturday 26th April) due to a fire that had been started deliberately.

Crews were alerted to the incident after reports of something on fire next to the train station. One appliance from Dawlish was initially mobilsed to the incident, however a further appliance from Teignmouth was later called to the scene.

On their arrival at 1.41pm crews confirmed the fire to involve a single storey cafe, which was well alight, crews got to work with four breathing apparatus, one hose reel jet.

Fire crews praised for rail work

Authored by Marc Astley
Posted: Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:26am

Fire crews who took part in the operation to remove a sheared cliff face from above the rail line between Dawlish and Teignmouth have been recognised at today’s re-opening ceremony.

The rail line to Dawlish was re-opened today following its closure due to serious damage caused by severe storms in early February. Some of the crews involved were at Dawlish railway station this morning to see the first train since the closure pull into the station.

Dawlish Station Gets Green Re-Opening

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 03/28/2014 - 2:48pm

Dawlish station has received a green makeover prior to its re-opening thanks to TV gardener Toby Buckland and the Friends of Dawlish Station.

Mr Buckland said: “As a Dawlish man born and bred I was horrified by the damage to the station but it wasn’t until I saw it for myself and spoke to the station manager that I realised that I could do something to help.

“It’s been great to be part of helping the station to bounce back greener than ever.”

Watch: Amazing Aerial Video of the Dawlish repairs

Authored by Huw Oxburgh
Posted: Fri, 03/21/2014 - 3:19pm

Network rail have today released a new video of the lastest repairs to the Dawlish coastal track.

Taken by an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) the short video shows how far the engineers have got since the track was destoyed on Febuary 3.

The UAV pans the entire operation bringing a e view of the staggering scale of the repair works.

The tarck is expected to be re-opened next month.


£2,000 Reward for Devon Robbery Suspect

Authored by Huw Oxburgh
Posted: Thu, 03/20/2014 - 4:01pm

A reward of up to £2,000 is being offered through independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers, for information on a robbery that occurred in Dawlish Warren last summer.

Dean Smart, aged 27, is wanted in connection with the robbery which took place at Golden Sands Holiday Park in the early hours of 27 August 2013.

Smart, who is from the Bath area, is considered dangerous, and police believe he is actively evading capture.

The incident, saw four offenders wearing balaclavas forced members of staff to open a safe containing a large quantity of cash.

New Daily Coach Links to Exeter Airport

Authored by Huw Oxburgh
Posted: Tue, 03/18/2014 - 10:58am

Catching a flight to and from the South West could be about to get easier as the Stagecoach group announce a new daily transport link to Exeter Airport.

The new link, from Stagecoach’s megabusplus services, will see all four of its routes to and from the Honiton rail hub stop at Exeter Airport from this week.

The group say that the new service will provide a ‘seamless link’ between London and the West Country by using a combination of their megabus.com buses as well as the rail links at Honiton.

Watch: Amazing Timelapse of Dawlish rail repairs

Authored by Huw Oxburgh
Posted: Tue, 03/04/2014 - 1:09pm

 Today officially marks the one-month anniversary of the closure of the South West’s main rail link after line at Dawlish was left in tatters by extreme storm damage on the 4th February.

Official opening of Central Station forecourt improvements

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 03/03/2014 - 12:34pm

The newly improved forecourt at Exeter Central station was officially opened today after a £660,000 enhancement project.

The scheme was joint funded through Devon County Council’s successful bid to the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund to improve access to stations, as well as £185,000 from Exeter City Council and a further £160,000 from Network Rail.

Police warning after family allegedly cycle on Dawlish line

Authored by Huw Oxburgh
Posted: Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:28am

A photo which allegedly shows a family cycling on the rail line between Exeter and Dawlish has led to warnings against using the line from British Transport Police and Network Rail.

The photograph appeared on social media apparently showing a family of cyclists using the tracks in the Powderham area while work continues by Network Rail to repair damage caused by severe weather earlier this month.

Five Alternative routes to Dawlish

Authored by Huw Oxburgh
Posted: Wed, 02/26/2014 - 11:16am

 Network Rail has said they will consider five alternative routes as a long term response to the destroyed line at Dawlish.