Massive pipeline brought in from sea

A HUGE pipeline which will help to raise beach levels at Felixstowe was being carefully manoeuvred into place today.The 2km sinker pipeline, which will be used to replenish the beach, was towed along the coast from the beach at Skegness after being brought over from Holland.

A HUGE pipeline which will help to raise beach levels at Felixstowe was being carefully manoeuvred into place today.

The 2km sinker pipeline, which will be used to replenish the beach, was towed along the coast from the beach at Skegness after being brought over from Holland.

The Environment Agency said the booster station Sliedrecht 27 would join it and be anchored into place to begin bringing shingle in from out at sea to raise the beach levels.

Members of the public were advised to stay off the rock groynes in the area and remain clear of the working area.

Work recently restarted on the £10million coastal protection scheme after a wartime bomb, which washed ashore but was later lost by the Navy, was found again and exploded.

The first thee rock groynes south of the pier have been completed.

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Andrew Rouse, the project manager for the flood defence scheme, said: 'The arrival of the sinker pipeline and the sinking of it should be quite a spectacle.

“It could take most of the day to sink the pipeline which is the longest in the UK at the moment.'

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