WORK has commenced on replacing a crumbling coastal access path in Christchurch that has been closed since last summer.

The gradual sloped route at Friars Cliff suffered significant damage and was shut off by Christchurch Borough Council.

Chunks of concrete had broken off from the exterior wall of the ramp, leaving metal pins exposed.

Elsewhere, some of the wooden panels on the outside of the wall were missing.

The path has been closed since mid-August to prevent further damage and protect members of the public.

Christchurch council has commissioned work to bring the path back into working order.

The previous structure has been cleared away and engineers are progressing with replacing the route, with an expected completion of the end of January, weather permitting.

The work coincides with the major project to replace the Highcliffe Castle zig zag, which was secured after a resident-led campaign.