and open areas
Open areas within a working quarry include the benches and
quarry floor. Access to them during working operations is obtained
by access ramps and haul roads.
However, access is still required after extraction has ceased
to enable restoration to
be completed and for whichever after use has been planned.
Access may also be required for the purposes of maintaining
rock faces for safety reasons and for the study of any interesting
As with any open area drainage is
an important consideration for the quarry
floor, and quarry benches, because it will have an affect
on the after use for the land, where it could impact on the foundations of
any buildings. In addition the flow of water causes erosion
and may undermine the stability of quarry
road with bench restoration behind.