Tyne & Wear

Rothbury landslip damaged road to be repaired

Landslip on the B6344, Rothbury Image copyright Cragend Farm
Image caption Repairs on the road should be finished by October 2015

Work to repair a road that has been closed for two years will begin in February, Northumberland County Council has said.

A landslip on Boxing Day 2012 damaged a section of the B6344 at Crag End, Rothbury.

The road was one of the main routes into the town.

The council said the cost of the work would be about £9m - £1.5m more than originally thought, because of drainage work needed to stabilise the site.

The plan is to build a retaining wall alongside the road and to drain the ground to provide long-term stability.

The council is contributing £4m to the scheme, with central government providing the rest.

The work is expected to be completed by October 2015.

Councillor Steven Bridgett, who represents Rothbury and Coquetdale, said: "I understand residents are frustrated about how long this has taken, but the county council is fully committed to this road.

"It has to be a lasting solution on this site as we will not get the opportunity or the funding to do this again."

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