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Wiltshire's wibbly wobbly road will be fixed next year (perhaps)

August 4, 2022 11:22 AM
By WC

Lynham sand-worm attackWiltshire Council has updated the timeline for repairing and reopening the B4069 Lyneham Banks road, which is closed due to a landslip.

The council has been monitoring the ground around the land slip remotely, using drones to survey and identify ground movement as the site has been too dangerous to complete surveys on foot. These surveys have concluded that the ground movement has largely stopped, but could resume if there is wet weather.

While the ground is relatively stable during the summer, the council intends to carry out ground investigations, including boreholes, trial pits and material testing, which will be used to inform the design work.

This information will be used to develop the design of a replacement road, along with the measures required to reduce the risk of further damage. Subject to the ground investigations works, it is hoped that the road design will take place during autumn, with a view to finalising proposals by the end of the year so that construction work can begin in 2023.

The council anticipates that the new road would be constructed in the summer of 2023, and opened in the autumn of that year.

The reinstatement of the road will require extensive earth moving operations to remove slipped material and to stabilise the ground before the road can be built. The scheme is also likely to involve the removal or moving of large volumes of unsuitable material, the importation of fill material, extensive civil engineering works and drainage improvements.

As with any major project, the timeline is subject to change if there are long periods of weather.

To find out more about the project, go to: www.wiltshire.gov.uk/highways-b4069-lyneham-banks