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Repairs to Lydney landslip start soon


Critical works to prevent a landslip causing further damage to Driffield Road, Lydney will start next month.

The repairs will take place over 8 weeks and will see crews putting soil nails and rock netting into the embankment to ensure the safety of road users. A full 24/7 road closure will be in place from 15th October to 10th December.

Back in 2010, crews successfully used the same methods further down the road where another landslip had occurred. This latest repair work will help to keep the route safe for years to come.

Access for residents in the extended closure area will be maintained from the north of Driffield Road. As the road is a single lane, there is nowhere for vehicles to turn and so access will be limited to site traffic and those going to local properties.

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “Landslips are often challenging from an engineering point of view, but we know this method worked in 2010. The work will take some time, but will make sure the road is safe long into the future. I’d like to thank residents for their patience during the closure.”

Cllr Alan Preest, county councillor for Lydney, said: “This is fantastic news for the local community and thank you to everyone for their patience. This scheme has been long awaited, so I'm really pleased the repairs can now begin. I’d like to ask that residents and road users please bear with us while we carry out this essential work.”

Letters have gone out to residents along the route with details about local access arrangements.

Advance warning signs are already on display and a diversion will be in place once work starts. Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the works.

What’s the diversion route? (suitable for HGV’s)

Short diversion from the southern end of the closure is via Highfield Road, Albert Street, Springfield Road, Primose Hill and Allaston Road.

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