Saturday, 16 February 2008

Press Release 14 Feb 2008

Press Release Torbay Council

Rock Walk update

The improvement works to Rock Walk have now entered the last phase with more than three quarters of the rock face already cleared in the last three weeks.

The team have removed a further two large trees today and will be moving the crane along the rock face again this afternoon.

Weather permitting the crane will be removed and access along the seafront will be restored during the week commencing 25 February.

Arrangements are being made to open up the seaward side of the road for two-way traffic as soon as the crane is removed. However, the land side of the road will remain closed whilst the last of the scrub is cleared and a rock stability study has been carried out.

Cabinet Member Councillor Chris Lewis said: "We are now on the homeward stretch and I cannot praise the rock walk team enough for their hard work and commitment over the last few weeks.

"The tree climbers have been scaling dizzy heights above the harbour for many hours a day, six days a week and the ground team's methodical approach and hard work has pushed the project along at an incredible rate.

"We have pulled together the best tree climbers and ground work team in the South-west and they are all extremely tired. In order to keep up the momentum next week and ensure the safety of the workers, the team will be taking Saturday off to recharge the batteries but will be back bright and early on Monday morning.

"I am delighted that we will be able to open up the seafront road during the week commencing 25 February. We are currently making arrangements to suspend parking on the seaward side to allow two-way traffic whilst the land side remains closed until the rest of the scrub has been cleared and a site survey has been completed. This is unavoidable as there is still a danger of rock falls whilst work is carried out.

"I would once again like to thank local businesses and residents for their patience during this work."

Not a word of thanks for all the hard work us bus drivers have put in over the last 3 weeks.

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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.
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