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Work starts to restore Welsh valley road landslide


A six-month programme of remedial work is set to start to fully re-open the B4286 Cwmavon Road in Port Talbot which was blocked by a landslide in December last year.

Testing and analysis of the rock along the very steep bank in Cwmavon has been carried out and a final design solution is to be put in place.

The slope stability work, which will be undertaken by Quantum Geotechnical, will stabilise the area where the landslide happened and allow the road to be fully re-opened.

Around 300t of debris was cleared from the road after the landslide to allow it to re-open with one lane closed and traffic lights, despite further slips in February. 

Port Talbot Neath Council cabinet member for streetscene and engineering Ted Latham said: “We apologise in advance for any inconvenience that may be caused but this is vital work which will lead to the full re-opening of the B4286 Cwmavon Road, a vital artery between Port Talbot and the Afan Valley.


Cwmavon landslip

“Our staff worked extremely quickly after the landslide happened to re-open the road with one lane and traffic light controls and now the stabilising and strengthening work will ensure transport links in the area are returned to what they were before the landslide.”

Work on the project will start this month and will last until the end of October 2018.

The council is funding the remedial works as the landslip is on unregistered land.

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