Dawlish station is a Grade II listed building dating from ca. 1846 and was rebuilt following a fire in 1875. Both the station and railway line are built next to the sea wall, and have suffered storm damage due their proximity to the sea. A new overbridge with associated stairs, lifts and plant rooms will be set apart from the listed station buildings, with lift shafts aligned with platforms to maximise passenger movement space at platform level. Due to the location and design of the new structures, the station buildings retain their significance.