Horsley Hill Landslip
The site is located on the B4058 at Horsley Hill, a few hundred metres to the north of the village of Horsley.
The road runs northeast to southwest, the land falling from west to east, with the road lying on the westerly side of a steep sided valley. The site is within a steep sided, wooded and vegetated valley.
The carriageway has been restricted due to a slope failure and has been operating as a single carriageway under temporary traffic lights.
Gloucestershire County Council is investing substantially in the scheme with cabinet approving the £550,000 investment in December 2016.
Because of the extent of the work, the remaining road carriageway at the site will need to be completely removed to provide access to the rock below.
The existing highway surface will be planed off and then excavated down to about 2m depth. Then 94 pre-cast concrete ‘L’ sections will be secured to the underlying rock.
The reinstatement of the slip area below the highway will involve the installation of soil stabilisation matting, together with imported topsoil on the slope, with an erosion control blanket covering the slip area.
Work started on 31st July. and the road will be closed to traffic and pedestrians at the site of the slip for the duration of the works which is expected to take around 15 weeks. A sign-posted diversion is in place.
Horsley is ‘open for business’: the village, its businesses, the school and the nearby Household Recycling Centre are accessible and open as normal.
There is a free shuttle bus service (Route 40 Horsley Shuttle) that connects with Route 40 from Stroud and operates when the road is closed between Nailsworth and Horsley for the duration of the works.