Workmen carry out 4 days’ work in 8 hours

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ENGINEERS worked at a record pace to keep one of Calderdale’s main roads open.

A team of 12 men from Amey, who help to maintain Calderdale’s roads, managed to clear rocks and debris that had fallen close to the A629 at Ainley Top within just one day.

Glynn Roberts, foreman for Amey, said: “What would usually take three men four days to do, we all came together to complete in the space of eight hours.

“To build and tarmac a footpath within that space of time is unheard of, especially whilst building an earth barrier, re-fencing, diverting traffic and clearing the roads.

“I was very proud to be a part of the team.”

The landslide happened on May 25 and the by 10pm the road had been closed and diversions set up.

By first light on May 26 the team got to work moving the fallen rocks.

They only had around eight hours to get the debris clear and make the road safe before the rush hour traffic would need to use the road at 4pm.

The crew used heavy earth moving equipment including a 15-ton excavator to remove the larger rocks which were causing immediate danger.

They then set about digging a seven foot wide trench to catch any future fallen debris, ensuring safety and minimizing further delays.

Some of the rocks had hit the surrounding footpath and knocked down fences which left the public walkway highly unstable.

An entirely new footpath was marked out, built and surfaced with tarmac by the 4pm deadline.

Dave Tee, acting head of Highways and Engineering, said: “Our priority is to ensure that all roads throughout Calderdale are safe for everyone to use.

“This is a good example of Council Staff and its Contractors taking prompt action to deal with a highway emergency and working together to reopen one of the most important roads in Calderdale as quickly as possible.”