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Work on collapsed Bridgwater wall nearly finished

Recent work on the river wall, which collapsed during floods in November 2011 Credit: Somerset County Council

Work to rebuild a collapsed river wall in Bridgwater should finish in less than three weeks after 18 months of repairs.

The outside face is being restored with original stone and a new drainage system is being installed.

Four other sections of the old harbour wall were also strengthened during the work, which has been hampered by bad weather.

Weather-permitting, the work at West Quay should end on 6 June.

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Bridgwater wall has stopped moving

Peter Radford of Somerset County Council tells our reporter Bob Cruwys that the wall was moving 50mm per hour in the beginning but it has stopped. Precise surveying shows buildings are stable. It is the thinnest part of the wall at a pinch point on the River Parrett.

West Quay without its wall is like a sandcastle on the beach

– Peter Radford, Somerset County Council
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