Cliffs above the Teignmouth and Dawlish coastline railway in Devon should be safer now Can Geotechnical has finished stabilisation works (GE August 04).
Work formed part of main contractor Dean and Dyball's £6.4M contract to secure a 1.5km stretch of the cliffs. It included 2,500 soil nails up to 10m long, 30,000 m 2 of rockfall netting and 60, 15m inclined drains.
Working conditions on the 100m high cliffs were at times difficult with faces varying between 45¦ and vertical. Although Can personnel were redeployed to carry out emergency repair works to the sea wall below the cliffs following exceptional storms last autumn, work was completed two months ahead of schedule.