The landslip at Mitford near Morpeth

Investigation works getting underway on Morpeth landslip

Ground investigation works will soon be underway as engineers prepare to tackle a landslip near Morpeth.  

An emergency closure will be needed to allow investigation and appraisal of the road embankment to check for further deterioration that could affect the safe use of the road. 
The B6343 Mitford Road has been under three-way traffic light control for over six months due to the failure of the River Wansbeck embankment, which supports the road. 

Storm Babet exacerbated issues and lead to extensive damage and a risk to the road if not dealt with. 

Council teams are now preparing a scheme to repair the slip that will allow the road to be returned to full operation. Engineers are investigating the causes and possible solutions while examining ways to accelerate progress. 

The next step is for ground investigation work on site. These works will start as early as the 20th of May as a result of the Environment Agency’s prompt processing and issuing of the necessary permit.  

These investigation works will be carried out by drilling rigs meaning the road will have to be closed to vehicles for up to two weeks, although pedestrians and dismounted cyclists will still be able to pass and engineers will look to reduce the duration of the works as far as possible. 
County Council Leader and Local Member for the area Councillor Glen Sanderson explained: “We’re pleased to have found a way ahead to start tackling this landslip in the coming days and thank the Environment Agency for their support. 

 “While we will have to close the road to motor vehicles for a number of days it will allow us to carry out this crucial ground investigation work. 

"It's being treated as a priority which is why we need to find out exactly what is happening so we can design an engineering solution to get the road open once and for all as quickly as we can.” 

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