Devon

Link road is completed for Hemerdon tungsten and tin mine

Hemerdon mine
Image caption The access road is the first major construction work at the Hemerdon mine near Plymouth

A stretch of road built to bring a tungsten and tin mine back into operation has been completed in Devon.

The 600m road between Lee Moor Road and West Park Hill in Plympton is the first major construction work at Hemerdon mine.

Australia-based company Wolf Minerals hopes to begin mining at Hemerdon in 2014 as part of a £110m project.

It is thought that once opened the mine will be the fourth largest tungsten resource in the world.

The construction of the link road was a condition of the 1986 planning approval for mining at Hemerdon, Devon County Council said.

Tungsten is used in metal-working, construction and in the manufacture of electrical equipment and light bulbs.

It was discovered at Hemerdon in 1867 and mining was carried out between 1919 and 1920 and again from 1934 to 1944.

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