The Dawlish stretch of railway line which is annually battered by storms may be rebuilt in a project costing millions, which could include a 400metre (1,300ft) causeway on the beach near Spray Point at Teignmouth.
The project plans to replace the line, with a structure built 30 yards out to sea, moving the line away from the cliffs.
The other proposal being considered by would involve stabilising the cliffs; to protect the route from being cut off from landslides along the cliff edge.The cliffs between Dawlish and Teignmouth have suffered severe damage in the past, with tracks left dangling in mid-air in the wake of storms in 2014 causing a line closure costing up to £1.2billion.
Realigning the route would mean a change to the appearance of part of the beach in an area that depends on tourism, the beach is an asset and an economic and social amenity. The option of shaving the surface of the cliff to make it less steep and less vulnerable to landslip would mean a loss of land at the top of the cliff which would impact on properties above. Individual householders in the area are due to be consulted.
If you want to get involved in the consultation Network Rail is launching a public consultation on November 17 at Langstone Cliff Hotel, Dawlish Warren with further events planned in the region including at Teignmouth, Exeter and Torquay.