Tolcarne beach, Newquay

Tolcarne beach road openingIn November 2016, a piece of the cliffs at Tolcarne slid down onto the beach access road. This landslide resulted in the access road being closed for public safety. After site visits and slip analysis, it was decided that the road could not be reopened without work to secure the cliff.

Phase one of the work was completed in July 2017, and saw us stabilising the two priority sections of the cliff.

The work involves drilling soil nails and anchors into the bedrock, some up to six metres in length. These will then have plates screwed onto the end which, when tightened, will hold larger parts of the failing cliff in place. Smaller pieces will be caught by wire netting, which will also be attached to the anchors. These can be released under control by loosening the mesh, allowing them to fall safely.

The second phase is live now.

  • The road to the beach must remain closed, though we are doing our best to accommodate businesses as much as possible.
  • The best access route for visitors and beach goers is to use the steps. This will applyuntil the project is complete.

Work is being undertaken by Abcas, a specialist rope access construction company.


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