Engineers working on the Jackfield Stabilisation Project have confirmed that, in addition to completion of the piling on the main works site, they have now completed smaller piles on the river bank.
These smaller piles will work with the newly installed rock revetment – similar to a seawall - at the river bank to minimise the effects of erosion by the river, and extend from the gardens in Church Road to Salthouse Lane.
This comes just days after the opening of the latest temporary road across the site. Residents and visitors have been using a temporary track through the site to access the far end of Jackfield during the past few months but that track has now closed.
With all the piling now completed, the project moves forward into earthworks and restoration which will continue through the winter.
In the meantime, Telford & Wrekin Council continues to lobby government for further funding to address the instability issue Gorge wide and a further £60m plus is needed in the coming years.
Councillor Richard Overton, Telford & Wrekin Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for land stability, said: “It is a hugely positive step that the mini piling is complete and while the piles are not visible they are key to the stabilisation work.
“I would like to thank everyone for their patience while this essential work to stabilise the landslip takes place.”
The Jackfield Stabilisation Project is a two year project to stabilise land movement on the southern bank of the River Severn. It has a budget of £17.6m including a council contribution of £5.6m.
Further stabilisation projects will be needed elsewhere in the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, but are currently unfunded.