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Essex County Council calls in specialists for landslip

Lane closures on a road hit by a landslip last year will remain in place at least until investigation is completed reports Essex County Council.

The landslip on Newport Road in Saffron Waldron occurred in September 2018 and resulted in closure of one side of the road to traffic.

The council has said that it cannot reopen the lane until ground investigation is completed despite complaints from local people over the closure.

According to the council, it cannot guarantee that there will no further ground movement and it is unsure of any risk until investigation work has taken place.

The council hopes that the information from the ground investigation will be able it to implement short term measures to stop or mitigate the possibility of further slips, while it plans for a longer-term solution.

An Essex Highways spokesman said: “Our intention at this stage is to explore options for a re-grading of the profile of the slope so that in the short-term any further landslips, over several hundred metres, becomes very unlikely.

“A supply-chain partner company will enable us to engage a specialist company, arrangements are currently being finalised.”

The council said that it was in the process of appointing a specialist contractor to undertake the investigation.

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