Cracks force clo­sure of A40 at North­leach... again

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - Ed­ward STILLIARD ed­[email protected]­plc.com

AROAD in the Cotswolds that was shut for two years af­ter cracks ap­peared on the car­riage­way has been forced to closed again.

Heavy rain in Septem­ber caused the cracks in the re­tain­ing wall of the old A40, also known as Pri­son Copse Wall, in North­leach, to be­come much worse.

The wall col­lapsed in 2017 and en­gi­neers have spent the past two years try­ing to fix it while res­i­dents fought a cam­paign to get it open again.

In March, the road - which links the A40 with the A429 - re-opened, with the au­thor­i­ties’ con­fi­dence in the re­pairs grow­ing as the rain held off over the sum­mer.

Now bosses say the frag­ile road will re­main closed “for some time” while emer­gency re­me­dial work gets un­der­way.

A spokesman for Glouces­ter­shire County Coun­cil said: “In 2019, a sin­gle lane of the car­riage­way was re-opened to light ve­hi­cles as the dry sum­mer gave con­fi­dence that the risk of fur­ther de­te­ri­o­ra­tion to the road was lower.

“Fol­low­ing the heavy rain of Septem­ber and a fur­ther in­spec­tion of the car­riage­way, sud­den se­vere de­te­ri­o­ra­tion was ob­served and an emer­gency road

The coun­cil are tak­ing all the nec­es­sary steps to re­solve the sit­u­a­tion but de­fects such as this do take con­sid­er­able time to fix Glouces­ter­shire City Coun­cil

clo­sure was im­ple­mented on Oc­to­ber 4 2019. The site is rou­tinely mon­i­tored and has been en­tered into our for­ward pro­gramme of geotech­ni­cal works.

“Schemes of this na­ture are com­plex. Our en­gi­neers need to un­der­stand the de­tailed ge­ol­ogy of the site and where the move­ment is oc­cur­ring to ad­vise on the most suit­able so­lu­tion.

“The coun­cil are tak­ing all the nec­es­sary steps to re­solve the sit­u­a­tion but de­fects such as this do take con­sid­er­able time to fix.

“Al­though it is not an­tic­i­pated that the road will be re-opened in the im­me­di­ate fu­ture it is our in­ten­tion that a so­lu­tion will be im­ple­mented that will fully re­store the road and re­solve the is­sues that have led to the fail­ure in this lo­ca­tion.”

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