Good news about Chocolate Path

There is good news about Chocolate Path: a major milestone has been reached in the work to stabilise Cumberland Road, which will enable the path to reopen by the end of May.

The council’s contractor, Griffiths, has installed all of the concrete piling to hold the ground in place under Cumberland Road, the Chocolate Path and a section of the Harbour Railway. This means work can now take place to rebuild the wall along the New Cut and reinstate the Chocolate Path and heritage railway line. In preparation for this, a concrete slab will be installed by Griffiths across the piling and a supporting ground beam put in place along the base of the river wall.

Councillor Don Alexander, Cabinet Member for Transport, said:

It’s great news that the most complicated part of the stabilisation project is complete, meaning Griffiths can move on to reinstating the Chocolate Path and Harbour Railway. We had hoped the repairs would be finished around February of this year. However, because of obstructions underground, the piling works took longer than expected.

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