Work on 120-year-old wall starts on Monday

Published: 17 Feb 2012 10:501 comment

THE main phase of work to repair the Kennetside retaining wall will begin on Monday. It involves placing piles in the river bed to form the foundation, and is expected to take 10 weeks before new sections of wall can be put in place.

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Pedestrians and cyclists have been told to expect disruption, with the work taking place Monday to Friday, 8am-5pm.

Last year Reading Borough Council discovered the section of the 120-year-old wall - between Patriot Place and Weirside - had decayed.

Planning leader Cllr Tony Page said: "These important works are essential to maintaining a key pedestrian and cycleway into the heart of Reading.

"The council apologises for any inconvenience or disruption the repairs may cause and we will ensure every effort is made to keep this to a minimum.'

In December work was carried out, with the excavation and breaking out of the wall and construction of plinths for new guard railings.

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