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Further delay to Rothbury road repairs

Northumberland County Council says the B6344 road at Crag End, Rothbury, will not now re-open until early 2016, more than three years after it was closed because of a landslip.

B6344 at Rothbury was closed after a major landslip on Boxing Day 2012. Credit: ITV News

The damage happened on Boxing Day 2012.

Repair work, costing £9m, didn't start until February this year, with the road scheduled to re-open by late Spring.

That schedule was later put back until November, because the job was proving harder than engineers originally thought it would.

That target has now been put back even further.

Repairs are not expected to be completed until early 2016. Credit: ITV News

“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. 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. While we all want the work to be complete as quickly as possible, it’s vital all aspects of the work are done to the highest standard and when finished will stand the test of time. “We will continue to keep the local community informed on progress with the scheme.”

– Cllr Ian Swithenbank, Northumberland County Council

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Rothbury road continues to slip away

The B6344 at Rothbury has closed after a major landslip on Boxing Day Credit: ITV News

A road that was closed at Rothbury at the end of December after a landslip is continuing to slide away.

The closure is also causing problems for residents and traders who say that the closure is costing them thousands of pounds.

The road has been deemed "unsafe" to measure as it continues to fall away.

The road is continuing to give way over time after the landslip Credit: ITV News

Landslip 'still unsafe to even measure'

Residents cut off by a landslip on a road near Rothbury in Northumberland say the ground is still too unstable to assess the damage. Sean and Lou Renwick live at Cragend Farm near the B6344 which has been slipping since December. Sean said,

"The landslip continues to move. It's still unsafe to even measure the ground at the moment, estimates are that the road will now be closed for 2 years. It means that Cragend Farm is now cut off from its Plantation which supplies wood fuel to the farm. "

– Sean Renwick, resident at Cragend Farm near Rothbury

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Farm cut off from Rothbury after landslip

The B6344 at Rothbury was closed in December due to a landslip Credit: Cragend Farm

Residents in Northumberland could be cut off from Rothbury for at least the rest of the year following a landslip in December. Cragend Farm is one property near the town affected by the damaged B6344.

Local councillor Steven Bridgett says the diversion is costly to local people and businesses. The council has applied for a central government grant to help pay for repairs.

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