Huge funding bid for Rothbury landslide accepted

The landslip near Rothbury.
The landslip near Rothbury.

A £5million bid for Government cash to help with crucial repair work to a Northumberland road wrecked by a major landslip has been granted.

The seven-figure sum, from the Local Pinch Point Fund, will cover the majority of the cost to fix part of the B6344, near Rothbury, which has been closed following the slide on Boxing Day.

It is believed that the total repair cost will be up to £7.5million and Northumberland County Council is expected to meet the shortfall.

Coun Steven Bridgett, ward member for Rothbury, was told about the news today.

He said: “To say I am over the moon is an understatement.

“This is a massive boost for Coquetdale.”

The application for Pinch Point funding to help pay for repairs to the embankment, road and surrounding area was submitted by the county council.

Drilling work is ongoing at the site and a report is expected within the next month or so.

Coun Bridgett added: “The solution to the problem will depend on what the report says.

“The good thing is that we don’t have to worry about the money.

“The £5million was exactly what we asked for from central government and we have now got that.

“This means that there won’t be so much of a burden put on the highways budget at the county council.

“We have already had a commitment from the leader of the council and the business chairman that they will pull out all the stops to ensure that the road reopens and the remedial works are completed.”