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Work To Start On Repairing Weymouth Ferry Berth

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8:17am 31st May 2012

Advance work to repair the ferry berth at Weymouth Quay will begin in June.

The preliminary works are due to be completed before the Olympic sailing events start.

They include:

-  Removal of the canopy that covers the ferry berth walkway
-  Excavation work to relieve the pressure on the quay wall
-  Partial filling of the scour hole
-  Ground investigation for the main works beginning in the autumn
-  Screening the site from the Olympic visitor area at the Nothe

The works will be completed prior to the start of the Olympic sailing events taking place in Weymouth and Portland throughout July and August.  

Significant structural changes at Weymouth quay were detected in February this year forcing Condor Ferries, who usually sail from Weymouth to the Channel Islands, to temporarily move operations to Poole.

Engineering consultants, Atkins were appointed by the borough council to design a scheme to bring the ferry berth b! ack into operation by March 2013.

On Wednesday 6 June, the borough council's Management Committee members will be asked to approve the funding of both the advanced works and major repair scheme, estimated to cost a total of £2 million.

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council's brief holder for Environment and Sustainability Ian Roebuck said:

"The ferry operation is of vital economic significance to Weymouth and a lifeline service for the Channel Islands, so we are working to ensure that the necessary engineering works happen as quickly as possible.

"These works will not only answer safety concerns about the berth but will provide the basis to enhance the ferry port and secure its future for the long term.  As a council, we are activ! ely pursuing sources of external funding to support both these objectives."

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