Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Ramsey Queen's Pier stabilised by tonnes of steel

The Queen's Pier in Ramsey by Ray Collister
Image caption The pier was originally built in 1886 at a cost of about £45,000

A total of 55 tonnes of steel have been used to stabilise the Victorian Queen's Pier in Ramsey, the government said.

The work, which has "improved the structural integrity" of the pier has cost the Isle of Man almost £1.9m.

After extensive political debate in Tynwald the funding was finally approved in April 2011.

The move was opposed by some Tynwald members who felt the money should be spent on front-line services in health and education instead.

A government spokesman said: "The main structure of the pier has been made stronger by the installation of approximately 55 tonnes of new steel which has replaced missing, damaged or corroded steel girders and braces.

"The area under and near the pier is now safer as all the deck fittings, such as lamp posts, railings, seats, have been removed as have any loose timber joists or decking".

The main structure of the pier has been made stronger by the installation of approximately 55 tonnes of new steel which has replaced missing, damaged or corroded steel girders and braces.

The pier was originally built in 1886 at a cost of about £45,000.

All original features from the pier have been removed and are currently being held in controlled storage in the event of funding becoming available for refurbishment.

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