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Work to start on Morpeth river wall landslip repairs

Morpeth

Work is to begin to repair a section of the river wall and Lady’s Walk footpath in Morpeth that was damaged by a landslip at Easter this year. 

The landslip led to material falling into the river and extensive damage to the footpath, which is threatening an adjacent property.

Contractors will install a steel sheet pile wall to stabilise the land and the construction a new 35m retaining wall along the river.

Access, ground conditions and environmental issues make this a very difficult repair to carry out and specialist machinery is being used to carry out the sheet piling works to stabilise the land, according to Northumberland County Council.

Once the initial buried steel sheet pile wall has been constructed to stabilise the land behind the footpath, a watertight pile wall will also be installed in the river to create a dry working zone to contractors to rebuild the river wall and reinstate the footpath.

Because of the complexity of the repair it has taken several weeks to identify the most appropriate solution and specialist machinery to carry out the work.

Emergency work has already taken place to fence off and stabilise this section of the pedestrian walkway to prevent further collapse and erosion of unstable material.

Northumberland County Council cabinet member for environment and local services Glen Sanderson said: “It is important that we repair and stabilise this area of river wall as soon as possible to prevent further damage and landslip.

“The stabilisation and repair is complex and expensive and will take many weeks but we look forward to the wall being repaired and the path reopened by early December.”

 

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