I was also predicting cliff collapses http://thanetonline.blogspot.com/2007/12/ramsgate-seafront.html most particularly to the Marina Esplanade incline road, after WW2 the borough engineer decided the only proper course of action for this incline was to make it one way only, allowing traffic to go up the hill only. The reason for this is that when a series of arches is built as in a viaduct the effect of an incline is to weaken the structure to a lateral force pushing down the incline. He considered that a train of busses or lorries going down the hill that had to brake suddenly in an emergency could cause the whole structure to collapse.
The council and their experts that have allowed the road to become two way as part of the access for the new Pleasurama development assure me that this is quite safe and that no weight limit is required, anyway it hasn’t collapsed yet so I was wrong.
Click on the link to look at the arches http://www.michaelsbookshop.com/tdc/id50.htm and tell me how many lorries and busses breaking hard down the incline from 30 mph, you think this can support.
I am hoping to persuade the council to try it with half a dozen HGVs before it is tried with half a dozen busses full of people.
I don’t appear to be much of a soothsayer so I won’t try and predict anything for this year coming.