New Road Blakeney Landslip

The Blakeney West Landslip site is located on New Road, Nibley, approximately 1.3km west of Blakeney.

New Road Blakeney was closed in February 2020 when the first signs of slope instability were noted.

New Road Blakeney Landslip - Site Location Plan

What work has taken place?

The geotechnical team has been monitoring the ground movement on a regular basis since the problem was reported. A geotechnical investigation was completed in November 2020. Inclinometers were installed during the geotechnical investigation; these have been used to determine the slope failure mechanism.

Here are some photographs of the ground movement, which demonstrate why the road was closed:

This picture shows a set of steps with one having slipped down so that there is a large gap. The steps are cordoned off. This picture shows a road barrier that has slipped from the side of the road due to the landslip. It is cordoned off. This picture shows a pathway that has crumbled away due to the landslip. It is cordoned off.

What are we doing?

The design has been completed and a contractor (Knights Brown) has been appointed to undertake the work.

The remedial solution will comprise a bored pile wall to support the road. In addition, a Road Restraint System will also be installed to improve the road safety at this location.

The works will also include rerouting of services on site, to provide continued access to local residents and to ensure a safe working environment during construction.

Due to the challenging site constraints such as the failed slope, existing services and the limited working area a road closure will be required for the duration of the works.


When will work start?

The contractor is due to start work on the site from 17th January 2022, construction is due to finish Summer 2022.

We will keep you updated with any changes to the programme on this web page.

During this time there will be no vehicle, cycle or pedestrian access permitted through the works area.

Two diversion routes are currently proposed for the works:

  1. For travellers who would have been travelling west along New Road – see Map of Diversion Route 1

a. From New Road travel east to the A48 then turn south

b. Take the first right onto the unnamed road which then becomes the Bailey Hill road then the Yorkley Road

c. Take a right on an unnamed road which goes past The Rising Sun Inn

d. Take a right onto Fancy Road which then becomes New Road

2. For local residents who would have been travelling west from New Road to Blakeney Hill Road – see Map of Diversion Route 2

a. Turn right from New Road onto Clark’s Lane

b. Turn left off Clark’s Lane onto Blakeney Hill Road


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

A significant landslip on the embankment below the carriageway occurred in February 2020 following a period of heavy rain. The westbound lane was damaged in the landslip, requiring the closure of the road.

Geotechnical inspections of the site indicate that movement of the failure is ongoing.

A full road closure is required for the remedial construction works.

During construction from 17th January 2022 there will be no access permitted by any means through the site.

The contractor is due to start work on the site from 17th January 2022, construction is due to finish Summer 2022.

We will keep you updated with any changes to the programme on this web page.

Due to the slope failure, construction work is required to stabilise the landslip so that the road can be safely reopened to the public.

The estimated total cost of the scheme is £1.5m.

The funding for the scheme is coming from Gloucestershire County Council.

These funds are specifically allocated for improving the highway infrastructure and therefore improving the conditions for motorists.

The contractor will be maintaining access for residents via the official diversion route and will be working hard to minimise disruption to the travelling public.

The contractor will follow national guidelines for the diversion route and road signage and will continue to monitor traffic in the local area and where appropriate provide additional signs. We strongly recommend vehicles use our signed diversion as it is suitable for all road users and will help avoid local congestion.

The contractor will ensure that suitable methods of working are used to minimise the impacts of noise/pollution etc. during the construction period.

Yes, an environmental site survey has been undertaken in order to assess the potential environmental impacts of the construction works.

Please revisit this web page where we will post further updates and progress newsletters from our Contractor throughout construction. For any scheme queries please contact Knights Brown on or refer to their Newsletter on this page for full contact details.


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