One of the most scenic railway lines in the country has collapsed as the Winter storms continue to cause havoc across the South of England. The Dawlish section of the picturesque mainline, (pictured above) that links to Cornwall and South Devon to the rest country, has fallen into the sea after storm waves first over-topped then broke through the seawall. This excellent Channel 4 report summarises the damage across the South coast and this BBC report describes devastation in Dawlish that is expected to take at least six weeks to be repaired. It is an acute reminder of the need for effective coastal management. As sea levels rise, and extreme weather events are expected to increase, it can only be assumed that we will witness more examples such as this in the future. An example of a sea wall in Corfu that is working, just about, is shown below.