Archive for the ‘Site Improvements’ Category

Video report on Tidenham Tunnel, part of the Wye Valley Greenway

Thursday, September 17th, 2020

 

A fascinating video report by Forgotten Relics about the fabulous Tidenham Tunnel, constructed in the 1870s as part of a railway connecting Chepstow and Monmouth, but destined to become the second longest tunnel on the country’s cycle network when it reopens as part of the Wye Valley Greenway.

Work to reopen the 1,188-yard long Tidenham Tunnel has made considerable progress in 2020, with tarmac laid by a contractor at the start of September followed by a subsequent volunteer workcamp which saw lighting installed and recesses bricked-up to encourage bat use.

Dating from 1876, the structure is unusual in that it started out as two tunnels; the small, intervening gap was later arched over and backfilled.

It’s hoped to open the greenway – which will connect Chepstow to Tintern – in the spring of 2021.

Words and video by Forgotten Relics

Rock stability netting installed at the National Diving & Activity Centre

Thursday, September 10th, 2020

Safety Netting NDAC Chepstow

Here is a sneak preview of the first 30 metres of rock stability netting that has been installed at the National Diving & Activity Centre over the last few days.

Safety Netting NDAC Chepstow

iBEX Technical AccessiBEX, a local geotechnical services company have been onsite and carrying out the installation.

The programme of works are being undertaken to install around 120 metres of safety netting around the turning circle and the bottom of the slope, by the slipway and water’s edge.

Safety Netting NDAC Chepstow

AtkinsPrior to the works starting a full and detailed geotechnical assessment was created by Atkins; a geotechnical engineering company who have been working with us over the last 12 months.

Safety Netting NDAC Chepstow

We hope to have all the netting works completed by the end of September 2020 in preparation for when we reopen for scuba divers at the end of October.

Safety Netting NDAC Chepstow

Safety Netting NDAC Chepstow

Safety Netting NDAC Chepstow

Safety Netting NDAC Chepstow

Safety Netting NDAC Chepstow

Cashless Payments at the National Diving & Activity Centre

Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

Cashless Payments at NDAC

We will no longer be accepting cash payments and will only be accepting cashless payments throughout the NDAC.

Most of our activity bookings are taken via the website and the vast majority of onsite payments are cashless already.

We believe this will be convenient for our visitors, speed up transactions and reduce queueing at the site. Studies have shown that a cashless transaction takes on average 1-2 seconds process, compared to 6-7 seconds for cash.

The changeover to cashless payments will start from the date we re-open (following the Coronavirus lockdown).

 

Geotechnical Site Works

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

NDAC Site Infrastructure Works

NDAC Site Infrastructure Works

We have taken delivery of some safety netting that is being installed on the rock faces at the National Diving & Activity Centre over the next few weeks.

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