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Rothbury landslip road repairs delayed

Works to repair a Northumberland road damaged by a landslip that occurred more than two years ago have been delayed.

The B6344 road at Crag End has been closed to all vehicles and pedestrians since the landslip which started on Boxing Day 2012.

The £9M scheme started in March 2015 and was expected to be completed by November.

Northumberland County Council said technical difficulties on one aspect of the work means it may now be early next year before the road re-opens.

Councillor Ian Swithenbank, cabinet member for local services, said: “This is a very complex and challenging engineering project and it’s positive that some elements are ahead of schedule.

“We’ve always sought to keep the local community informed of progress and be upfront about any issues.

“One of these is difficult ground conditions that have created additional issues for the creation of a retaining wall, which are going more slowly than expected.”

Swithenbank added: “We’re working with the contractor to try and address the issues as they arise and they’re putting extra resources into this aspect of the work but their ability to do this is limited by the physical conditions on site. We will monitor the impact that the extra resources have on the rate of progress with this work over the next few weeks and this may mitigate the delays.

“However, at this stage it seems that the completion date for the works may slip from November 2015 into early 2016.”

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