Nets to stabilise coastal rock face

Published Monday, 16 January 2012
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Work to install safety netting to the rock face at Garron Point on the Co Antrim coast is due to get underway next week.

Some 2,800 square meters of retention netting will be installed on the cliff to stabilise the heavily weathered basalt rocks.

Deidre Mackle from the Roads Service said the £130,000 project will minimise any future potential risks to road users.

She said: "This work, involving a specialist rock netting contractor, aims to install 2,800 square meters of retention netting to a basalt outcrop some 90 metres above the main A2 Coast Road.

"It is hoped, that with favourable weather conditions, this high access work will be completed in 10 weeks.

"Roads Service will ensure all works are completed in a manner sensitive to the unique environmental aspects of this Area of Outstanding Natural beauty."

The works are expected to take around 10 weeks to compete. During that time the A2 Coast Road will be closed and traffic diverted along the adjacent Tower Road route.

Ms Mackle continued: "In order to undertake the project safely it will be necessary to close the A2 Coast Road at Garron Point for 10 weeks.

"Roads Service apologises for any inconvenience this may cause to road users during the works. In order to minimise disruption the adjacent Tower Road will be signposted as a diversionary route."

The Department for Regional Development said the scheme follows prior work at the northerly end of Garron Point.

It said no further rock falls have occurred there since the specialist contractor removed loose rocks and installed rock face netting in 2010.

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