Hi, I am a fourth year Southampton Civil Engineering Masters student writing a project on improving the Railway Connectivity of the South West. We have spent the last 2 months researching and have come up with three main themes. Firstly, to open a new line (Tavistock & Launceston) or (Bodmin - Wadebridge). Our second theme is to improve reliability which involves a redesign of Cowley Bridge junction (Hydraulic modelling and new infrastructure) and the Dawlish sea wall area (Coastal defense design, Okehampton opening or Dawlish Diversion line). The third option is speeding up the line and increasing capacity by encouraging electrification & double lines or redesigning Saltash Bridge & several viaducts past Plymouth. We need to select a project that will increase the Economic situation in the South and I believe that increasing reliability to current and future extreme weather is the most important step forward for the south West. We therefore would like to progress with the Dawlish re-vamp or Dawlish diversion and Cowley bridge options. As enthusiasts, what are you're feelings and thoughts? Is reliability the best and first step to improving connectivity in the South West possibly bringing Plymouth London into the sub 3-hour category? Is more lines and doubling/electrification more important? Thank you for you're time..