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Antrim Coast Road cubes to curb landslides

Netting has previously been deployed to halt landslides at Garron Point. INLT 13-326-PR

Netting has previously been deployed to halt landslides at Garron Point. INLT 13-326-PR

Roads Service hjas started work on the installation of safety measures on the Coast Road, between Glenarm and Carnlough.

The provision of concrete cubes along the side of the carriageway is being undertaken in an effort to prevent landslides.

Welcoming the initiative, Coast Road councillor James McKeown said: “There have been several landslides this winter on the stretch of road between the two villages and I have to commend Roads Service for taking action so quickly to try and remedy it.”

He added: “As recently as last week there was a landslide, when a tree and soil had to be cleared off the road. It is becoming more and more frequent and Roads Service has recognised the need for action now.

“A survey has been carried out and tests have been done on that section of the Coast Road because there are real concerns that at some stage there will be quite a large landslide there.”

Road closures and the fear of tragedy prompted Roads Service to swathe large sections of the headland between Carnlough and Garron Point in wire netting to retain soil.

 

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