THE SCAFFOLDING at what is perhaps the UK's most talked about repair site has been provided by a Penzance company.
Over the past few weeks, a team of 11 scaffolders from Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding Ltd has put up the scaffolding on the main Paddington to Penzance railway line at Dawlish.
Chris was contacted on the day – February 6 – that the storms destroyed a stretch of the line.
Travelling up to Devon the next day, Chris and his team worked through the weekend, drawing up a plan of the work, sorting out the numerous health and safety issues and mobilising a team of scaffolders and three lorry-loads of scaffolding.
Work started on the following Monday and continued around the clock to Thursday before the next storm struck Dawlish.
Lynn Way, from the company, said: "We commenced works on the 70m long cable bridge with two access staircases and used 35 tonnes of scaffolding in the first few days.
"We have subsequently erected 75m of edge protection along the sea wall, provided access walkways to the houses, a sea wall access scaffold and a temporary shelter."