Right on track – Network Rail reaches key milestone on Dartmoor Line
May18

Right on track – Network Rail reaches key milestone on Dartmoor Line

The reopening of the railway line between Okehampton and Exeter is one step closer after Network Rail recently finished relaying the new track and sleepers. Following the confirmation of government funding in March, engineers started immediately and have worked tirelessly upgrading this 14 mile stretch of track between Okehampton and Coleford Junction, where the Dartmoor Line joins the existing railway line to Exeter. As well as...

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New report provides evidence of compounding threats to UK’s woods and trees 
May17

New report provides evidence of compounding threats to UK’s woods and trees 

© Tony Atkin A new report published by the Woodland Trust brings together evidence which highlights a barrage of compounding threats which could have catastrophic consequences for the UK’s woods, trees and the flora and fauna within them. ‘The State of the UK’s Woods and Trees 2021’, examines the data and evidence behind the health of the nation’s woods and trees. It is the first of its kind to focus on native woods and trees, which...

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How some of Dartmoor’s favourite pubs have coped   with lockdown – Tales from the beer garden
May16

How some of Dartmoor’s favourite pubs have coped with lockdown – Tales from the beer garden

A sheltered courtyard at the rear of the Prince of Wales, Princetown has been supplemented with an adjacent marquee. By Mike Rego The social distancing restrictions imposed as a result of COVID-19, have been hard on everyone, not least on those employed in the catering trade and for those running establishments such as pubs, cafés and restaurants. The partial easing of restrictions back in April, when pubs were allowed to re-open for...

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Plans approved for rockfall shelter extension to protect vital stretch of railway
May15

Plans approved for rockfall shelter extension to protect vital stretch of railway

Artist’s impression – view from the sea of proposed rockfall shelter © Network Rail Teignbridge District Council has approved Network Rail’s plans to extend an existing rockfall shelter over the railway line between Dawlish and Holcombe in Devon. Network Rail hopes to begin construction work in August on the 209m long extension of the rockfall shelter north of Parsons Tunnel, which will help protect trains against falling rocks along...

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DCC remains blue but Liberal Democrats  and Greens make gains
May14

DCC remains blue but Liberal Democrats and Greens make gains

All seven Labour councillors The Conservatives have retained the control of Devon County Council for another four years – but with a reduced majority. Under John Hart’s leadership, they have been in charge of the council since 2009, and this month’s local elections saw them stretch that reign until 2025. Coming into the vote, the Conservatives held 41 of the 60 seats, but they only held on to 39 following the conclusion of the...

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