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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

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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 in Dorset

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 West

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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