Road damage made clear

The extent of the damage caused to the area’s roads by this winter’s landslips was made clear at Monday night’s north area committee meeting.

Of the 11 active landslips listed in previous committee papers, eight of them were in the northern area.

The slip at Cragend, near Rothbury, which has been active since Boxing Day 2012, was described as ‘possibly the largest to have ever affected a highway in Northumberland’.

“Given the magnitude of works required it is not expected that the road will be re-opened until early 2015,” said Simon Rudman, highways asset manager for Northumberland County Council.

Various different reasons for the landslips have been diagnosed. The carriageway collapse at Liburn Burn was caused by the erosion of the verge embankment. It has been proposed to reconstruct the verge that was lost, as well as protecting further lengths of the embankment. Work is expected to be completed in the second half of October.

Mr Rudman described the ‘complicated’nature of repairs in the Guyzance area, where road access is heavily constricted by four separate landslips. “It is not possible to repair all the slips simultaneously and still maintain access for residents,” he said. As reported in the Gazette, work will be ongoing through the autumn.