The reopening of the Dartmoor line and replacement of the Ocean Canal bridge in Stonehouse won three awards for Network Rail at the ICE South West Civil Engineering Awards on 22 November.
Reopening of the Dartmoor line scooped the Showcase award as well as the Community Award for the extensive community engagement efforts on the project. It reopened to services on 20 November 2021, with passenger numbers far higher than forecasts.
Replacement of the railway bridge over the canal at Stonehouse between Christmas 2021 and New Year 2022 secured the Under £8 million New Build Award at the ceremony.
Network Rail Wales and Western Capital Delivery Director Stuart Calvert said: ‘I am delighted for everyone involved that our Dartmoor Line and Ocean Canal bridge projects have been recognised at this year’s prestigious Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) South West Civil Engineering Awards.
‘The reopening of the much-anticipated Dartmoor line has been a revelation for the town of Okehampton and other nearby communities, supporting greater connectivity, boosting local businesses, the tourism sector, and provide greater access to education and work for thousands of people who live locally.
‘I am equally pleased that our work to replace the railway bridge at the Ocean in Stonehouse has also been recognised. Our team worked tirelessly over the last festive period to complete this important upgrade which will help ensure we continue to run a safe and reliable railway for years to come, not forgetting also enabling boats to pass through the canal at the Ocean in Stonehouse for the first time in many years.’