Gardenstown landslip - road reopened

Following landslides at Harbour Road, Gardenstown that occurred on 28th November, 31st December and 6th March we are pleased to advise that Harbour Road was fully reopened to traffic and pedestrians on 27th April with local businesses and the community ready to welcome tourists during the summer season.

Over the next few weeks contractors will be continuing to work above the road to deliver the preferred interim solution and further stabilise the slope, protecting road users and properties below. 

For more details view landslip fact sheet (pdf 164KB) and ground investigation progress report (pdf 154KB). You can also view community updates and media statements.

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Road reopened

Harbour Road has been reopened to full access, 24/7, as of 12.00pm on Friday 27th April 2018. The Emergency Services have been advised that the road is now open and are able to operate normally.

There may be periods of temporary, short term closures as necessitated by the works on site (for example if a rock needs to be moved for safety reasons, plant movements).

During the period of the mesh installation, a traffic light system will be in operation. However these temporary lights will not operate like normal traffic lights. Only the red light will be utilised (that is when the motion sensors on the slope detect any abnormal movement that could pose a risk to road users, the red light will be switched on). In this instance, road users should not pass through the lights until an inspection has been carried out by BAM Ritchies’ site staff and the lights reset.

When the red (road closed) light is not activated drivers should operate a 'give and take' system, due to the narrow width of the carriageway, as was previously the case prior to the landslip.

Once the mesh work has been completed, the lights will be removed.

Slope stabilisation works

BAM Ritchies are now on site and, following delivery of plant and materials, will commence work to install the mesh netting on the slope which will reduce the risk of further landslides. This work is expected to take 6-7 weeks to complete.

It should be noted that during the works, there may be periods of time where access may be delayed due to delivery/movement of plant and equipment or where it is deemed necessary to lower loose material down the slope.


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Timeline of events

View timeline of events at Gardenstown so far:

  • 28th November 2017 - landslide occurred, initial site inspection, rock cleared from roadway and temporary wall construction commenced
  • 29th November  2017 – engineers site inspection and temporary wall construction ongoing
  • 4th December 2017 - rope access team and engineers on site and commence loose rock clearance from slip
  • 5th December 2017 - rock clearance works progressing and geotechnical engineers on site 
  • 6th December 2017 - weather conditions worsen and road has to be closed
  • 12th to 20th December 2017 - further debris cleared from site and temporary wall lengthened and heightened
  • 20th December 2017- road reopened
  • 29th to 31st December 2017 - further movement recorded due to wet weather
  • 31st December 2017– road closed
  • 2nd January 2018 onwards - engineers inspections and monitoring ongoing
  • 17th January 2018 - public meeting
  • 14th February 2018 - ground investigatory work begins
  • 6th March 2018 - road closed following slippage as a result of bad weather
  • 15th March 2018 - Infrastructure Services Committee agreed funding for works
  • 16th March 2018 - public drop in session at the Dreel Hall held to provide updates - information leaflet (pdf 360KB)
  • 25th April 2018 - public drop in session at the Dreel Hall 
  • 27th April 2018 - Harbour Road reopened