Drone shots show impressive progress of £6m Old Colwyn maritime defense project

Drone fire reveals just how much progress has been made on new sea defenses that were in danger of collapsing. The £6million project to shore up Old Colwyn promenade started last April in a bid to protect it from future storms and ‘catastrophic failures’.

A rock barricade takes shape from Rotary Way at Splash Point and its job is to protect the coastline, railway line and A55 from flooding. The road at the Old Colwyn end of the promenade has been the road closed for most of the year with traffic and cyclists diverted onto local roads and pedestrians diverted to the elevated path at the back of the ballroom.

The new barricade will be up to two meters higher than the current promenade, which will temporarily affect views. Work is expected to be completed later this year.

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Work had to be temporarily halted in 2021 as contractors had to wait for a delivery of rocks. Longer term plans to increase the height of the ball between Porth Eirias and Splash Point are also in place. This will only take place after the pro in progress followed once the work is completed.

The Sea Defenses at Splash Point by the Old Colwyn Arches

Ongoing works will include “step access” to the beach through the rocks. Conwy County Council said the project was funded by the Welsh Government’s Resilient Roads Fund.

The council is seeking additional funding to protect the full length of the 1.2km promenade, to Porth Eirias in the west. It is expected to cost around £35million and they plan to complete the program in phases unless that money is fully secured.

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Councilor Brian Cossey, who represents the Old Colwyn ward, had previously warned there could be ‘catastrophic consequences’ if improvements are not made. The project, run by Conwy County Borough Council, used locally quarried rock to create rock armor at the height of the promenade.

The current phase targets the part of the boardwalk most at risk of collapse. Cllr Greg Robbins, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, said it would be devastating to ‘the important infrastructure it protects, including the A55 and the North Wales Coast Rail Line “.

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