Tuesday, 26 February 2008

From the Herald Express 26 Feb 2008


26 February 2008

Torquay seafront is to remain closed while geologist assess an area of Rock Walk cliff face which is said to be in danger of falling on to the road.Following a closer inspection by geologists using climbing gear, it has been decided the road will not reopen today as planned.

It had been proposed to open the seaside lane in one direction from Torquay to Paignton as the tree clearing work comes to an end.Because of fears over the instability of the section of rock towards the Torbay Hotel end, opening the lane two way had already been vetoed.And because of the roundabout outside the Pavilion, traffic from the Paignton direction would have had to cross the central reservation on to the Torbay Hotel side before reaching the roundabout. But following a rock fall last week it was decided to keep that section of road closed so only one way traffic could use the route.

A council spokesman said: "The geologists have had climbers doing further extensive tests today and they have reported that so much rock is left hanging that there could be a significant rock fall and affect both sides of the road."We are getting some additional fencing in to go along Rock Walk, but we are not going to be able to reopen the road today as planned.

"We have to apologise for the disruption, but it is not something we can control."

The picture is mine, not from the Herald Express.

Would you like to drive under this slab of rock which is 4 metres from top to bottom, you would need more than a couple of asprin if it hit you on the head. You would need a large box. And I don't mean a large box of asprin.

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Notes about the blog. Updated 08 March 2008

Not much is happening at Rock Work now. All the work clearing the trees has been done. A barrier has been erected to prevent rock falls from reaching the road. Now we wait for the geological survey in May to see what can be done to fix the rocks in place.
After that when work starts again later in the year I will post more photos.
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