Calls for action on road closed for over a year

Alistair Stripp at the road closure on the B6344 which is shut because of the landslip at Cragend.

Alistair Stripp at the road closure on the B6344 which is shut because of the landslip at Cragend.

Calls have been made for quicker action on a landslip-hit road after more than a year’s closure.

Rothbury resident Alistair Stripp, and his wife, have had almost 5,000 miles extra added to their journeys to and from work since the landslide on the B6344 at Crag End on Boxing Day 2012.

And he has said that nothing seems to be happening at the site.

Mr Stripp said: “Trees have been felled and the hole seems to have been filled and yet the road remains closed.

“No site cabin. No plant. Not a single person working to speed the return of the B6344 to normal use as a vital artery to workers and businesses in Rothbury and beyond.

“Subsidence requires an engineering solution, much like the railway collapse in Dawlish, and previously at Stainforth – a line returned to service after six months.

“While Northumberland County Council has agreed to repair all potholes in the county by June, it seems this one is a low priority.

“I, and hundreds of others in our valley, disagree.”

He added that after canvassing opinion, most people had ‘had enough of it’.

However, Northumberland County Council has said that work is progressing at the site on course with the timeline given previously.

A public meeting will be held in Rothbury’s Jubilee Hall on Thursday, April 24, to update residents on progress at the landslip site.

It will be chaired by Rothbury Coun Steven Bridgett. Council engineers along with design contractors and the site investigation specialists will give a presentation on the work carried out so far, what options are available for the site and how it is going to be progressed.

contractors have been appointed for the design phase.

The final form of repair work is unknown until an options appraisal and preliminary design have been completed.




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