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Beaminster Tunnel to re-open

The Beaminster Tunnel, closed since July last year following a landslide which claimed the lives of two people, is to be re-opened.

Dorest County Council are scheduling to open up the road to traffic at 10am on Monday 29 July.

Further building work will continue beyond this date and temporary traffic signals may be used at non peak-times.

It has been a frustrating year, but, now, we can get on as before, bearing in mind this was a terrible tragedy and our thoughts are with those family and friends of those who sadly died last year.

– Rebecca Knox, local county councillor

Beaminster Tunnel closed for over a year now

The Beaminster Tunnel has been closed for over a year now Credit: ITV News West Country

The Beaminster Tunnel has now been closed for more than a year, after a landslide which killed a couple from Somerset.

Rosemary Snell and Michael Rolfe were driving home after an evening out on the 7th July when their car was crushed. Their bodies weren't found for ten days. Work has been taking place to stabilise the site but the road is likely to stay shut until the end of the month at least.

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Full report: Repairs to Beaminster tunnel continue

Rotten weather and difficult conditions have slowed work to stabilise land around the Beaminster tunnel in Dorset. It's been closed for nearly a year after two pensioners from Somerset were crushed and killed in their car there last July.

The road is now unlikely to re-open before the end of next month.

Our Dorset correspondent Duncan Sleightholme has been following the progress.

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Work to reopen the Beaminster Tunnel has been delayed.

Work to reopen the Beaminster Tunnel has been delayed and will now not meet its original opening deadline of May. Two people died when their car was buried in a landslip at the tunnel in July last year.

The work, which is expected to cost £2.1 million is up to five weeks behind schedule. It is not now due to be completed until June or July. A spokesman from Dorset County Council commented:

We know this is devastating news for the community, and it is certainly not what we had foreseen happening.The design process is complex and does take time. It is extremelyimportant that we get it right.

– Councillor Peter Finney, Dorset County Counciil

Wednesday's weather forecast

Any fog patches disappearing this morning. Then it's a cold but fairly bright start to the day. A little more cloud developing in Cornwall.

Morning outlook Credit: ITV West Country

A sign of things to come. Rain is likely in the Isles of Scilly and the far west of Cornwall by the end of the day.

Afternoon outlook Credit: ITV West Country

Work to start on tunnel repairs

Preparatory work starts at Beaminster Tunnel today ahead of a major repair scheme which will cost £2.1 million. The tunnel's been closed since a landslip in July, which killed an elderly couple in their car. Today contractors will fence off the affected area and clear vegetation.

Two people were killed in the landslip at Beaminster Tunnel in July Credit: ITV Westcountry
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