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Work Commences at Peel Harbour 27 October 2003

From the 27th October 2003, the Department of Transport will commence work to construct a new jetty, footbridge and flapgate across Peel Harbour between the Weatherglass Corner and West Quay. The Scheme will take just over a year to complete and will cost approximately £3 million.

The main contractor will be the Department of Transport's Works Division, although a number of specialist sub-contractors will be employed for elements of work. In particular, the piling will be undertaken by Dew Construction Limited, Island Drainage and Groundwork Limited will undertake the concrete works and the construction and installation of the flapgate and footbridge will be undertaken by Taylor & Sons of Cardiff.

The initial work will involve significant piling operations from the East Quay where the contractor's storage area will be located. For the duration of the contract, the area of East Quay, north of Weatherglass Corner will not be available to the public on health and safety grounds. By concentrating the storage and work area on East Quay, it is not expected that the construction work will impact on traffic flows around the harbour. During construction, access for vessels to and from the harbour will be maintained. A minimum 10 metre wide channel will be maintained and in the early stages of construction, the available channel will be much wider. In the second phase of construction, access to and from the harbour will be through the flapgate channel, although the flapgate itself will not be in operation. Due to the narrow channel that will be available, traffic lights for vessels will be used if required. An improved radio link to Harbour Control, Douglas is already operational. For safety and security purposes the construction area will be monitored by CCTV cameras.

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