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Beaminster Tunnel works to start in April

Dorset County Council (DCC) has confirmed that soil nailing of the slopes above the Beaminster Tunnel, where a landlside killed two people in July last year, will start on 2 April.

The council had originally planned for contractor Can Geotechnical to start work on the stabilisation scheme in early February but negotiations with land owners delayed the work.

In a statement, DCC said that although Can will be working longer shifts at the site it will miss its planned May reopening date for the tunnel.

The scheme involves installing around 1000, 12m long soil nails, anchoring of the wing walls on the approach to both tunnel portals, installation of improved drainage and strengthening of the tunnel portals.

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